Dario Franchitti: The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner will drive the pace car in the 98th running of the Indy 500 in May.

Franchitti was forced to retire in November from injuries suffered in an October IndyCar race in Houston. The four-time series champion won the Indy 500 in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

“As a historian of motorsport and as a three-time winner of this great race, I will appreciate every minute of getting to pace the field,” said Franchitti. “Although I won’t be competing in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, this will be as close as one person can get to the action.”

Franchitti will pace the field in the May 25 race in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

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“He is a true champion who has earned the respect and admiration of competitors and race fans alike,” said Jim Campbell, a Chevrolet vice president. “It will be very special to have Dario lead the field to the green flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

The Associated Press