Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get behind the wheel on a race track once again.
The retired NASCAR star and NBC analyst will lead the field in the pace car to start the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month.
“I am honored that Chevrolet asked me to drive the Camaro ZL1 pace car in one of the biggest races of the year,” Earnhardt said in a release, via the Indy Star. “The fan in me was already looking forward to this event. It’s a big race. There is a lot at stake since it’s the final chance for the teams and drivers to make the playoffs.
“So, I hope to do a good job leading the field to the green flag, but I can promise you I’ll soak in every minute and enjoy the Brickyard in a way I never have before.”
Despite 17 starts, Earnhardt never won the Brickyard during his racing career. However, he did post five top-10 finishes, including a career-best finish of fourth in 2012.
The Brickyard, scheduled for Sept. 9, was moved to a new date this year and will serve as the finale of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season for the first time.