Jeff Gordon: "The hardest thing is going to be getting out of the driver's seat of that car,"
Jeff Gordon has set the pace plenty of times in his incredible NASCAR career, but the former Pittsboro, Ind., resident couldn't wait to lead the Indianapolis 500 field to the green flag as driver of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pace car.
"What a thrill it is to be here on race day," Gordon said shortly before climbing into the car. "I certainly had plenty of opportunities to make laps around this track before, but never have I had the experience like I'm having here today, to be honored as being the pace car driver, to get the chance to drive that amazing Corvette Z06."
Even though Gordon was scheduled to drive in the NASCAR race in Charlotte later in the evening, he said he wasn't eager to leave Indianapolis so quickly after his honorary pace car duties.
"The hardest thing is going to be getting out of the driver's seat of that car," he said. "It's such a great car. I want to take it home with me. It's going to be hard to leave the Indy 500, but (I) certainly have a lot to do in Charlotte as well this evening."