Acclaimed young adult fiction author and Indiana native John Green will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the Verizon IndyCar Series Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course May 14.
“John is a huge Indy car and Indianapolis Motor Speedway fan and we have been looking for the right opportunity to get him involved in one of the events,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Having him drive the Chevrolet pace car for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis is a great way for him to be part of this historic month.”
Green’s sixth novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list in 2012, and the film adaptation opened at No. 1 at the box office in 2014. He will drive a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe featuring the Z51 Performance Package with a 455-horsepower LT1 V-8 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
“This is such an honor to be chosen to drive the pace car at one of the most iconic racetracks in the world – which just happens to be in my backyard,” said Green, whose debut novel, “Looking for Alaska,” won the Printz Award given annually for the best book written for young adults, in 2006. “I’m looking forward to driving on the same track as so many of the greatest drivers in the world.”
Chevrolet has a long history of pacing races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dating to 1948. A Chevrolet will also pace the field at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 29.