INDIANAPOLIS – Two years ago, Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee drove the pace car for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year, another Colt will take a spin behind the wheel of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Pace Car. Robert Mathis will lead the field around the 2.439-mile road course at IMS on Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network).
Mathis, played all 14 of his NFL seasons with the Colts, making the Pro Bowl six times and a Super Bowl Champion during the 2006 season. He just retired from the NFL this offseason, and now gets to drive the pace car at IMS after.
“Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the city known as the Racing Capital of the World grants me a bucket list opportunity!” Mathis said via an IMS release. “Colts, Pacers, Fever, 11, Indians and racing fans all over the world, I will be your official pacesetter this Saturday for the Grand Prix! #IAmIndyAndIndyisMe.”
Pace Car Features:
- 460-horsepower (343 kW) LT1 direct-injected V-8 engine
- Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
- Z51 performance package
- Polished aluminum 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels
- Competition sport bucket seats
- Performance data recorded
- Selective magnetic ride control
- Arctic white body color with unique GM design graphics package
“Robert Mathis is one of the most popular Colts ever, and his enthusiasm has made him a great ambassador for this city and its vibrant sports culture,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “He’s a perfect fit to lead The Greatest Drivers in Racing to the green flag at the INDYCAR Grand Prix. We’re also grateful for our longstanding relationship with Chevrolet and can’t wait to see the 2017 Corvette Stingray Coupe at the front of the field this Saturday.”