The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series face at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be a happy day.
This year’s race at the Brickyard will feature Ron Howard leading the Sprint Cup field to the green flag. It was announced by Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday in a press release that Howard will be driving the pace car at the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com.
Officials over at Indianapolis are thrilled about Howard being a part of this year’s race.
“It’s a great honor to welcome a true legend, Ron Howard, to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer Jeff Belskus in the press release.
Howard is known for starring in shows such as Happy Days and The Andy Griffith Show. Howard has since then has become an actor, director, and producer where he has won two Academy Awards. His latest movie which he is directing is titled ‘Rush’, a drama that will revolve around the world of motorsports and racing.
“Ron has become immersed in motorsports’ culture and history through the filming of ‘Rush,’ so he’s an ideal person to pace the field for one of NASCAR’s biggest races at ‘The Greatest Race Course in the World,” said Belskus.
The Indianapolis race weekend will also feature the Nationwide Series, as they will race at the IMS track after racing over at Lucas Oil Raceway the past seasons.