News & Multimedia

'Good Morning America' Anchor Robin Roberts To Pace 2010 Indy 500

'GMA' Video | Photos | IMS Tickets | IMS Online Store

Robin Roberts, anchor of the Emmy-winning morning news program "Good Morning America" on ABC, will drive the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Pace Car to lead the field of 33 drivers to the start of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 on May 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves introduced Roberts as the driver March 25 live on "GMA" in Times Square in New York. Castroneves, winner on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" in fall 2007 with dance partner Julianne Hough, won the 2009 Indianapolis 500 and this year will attempt to become just the fourth driver to capture "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" four times.

The 2010 Indianapolis 500 starts at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 30 and will be televised live on ABC for the 46th consecutive year.

"I am thrilled beyond words to be the Pace Car driver for this year's Indianapolis 500," Roberts said. "I've watched the race for years, and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be starting one of the premier American sporting events. If you see an extra car in the field, it will be me!"

Under Roberts' leadership, "Good Morning America" has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning program.

When not traveling around the country or the world covering breaking news events, Roberts is at "GMA's" studio in Times Square conducting interviews with a diverse group of newsmakers. Her headline-making interviews include: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his battle with leukemia and more.

Roberts has also done extensive reporting around the globe. She traveled to the Middle East with former First Lady Laura Bush, who was on a mission to raise awareness about breast cancer in the Muslim world; to Africa with former President Bill Clinton for a first-hand look at the AIDS crisis in that part of the world; to Mexico, where she scaled the Mayan pyramids as part of "GMA's" "The New 7 Wonders of the World" series; and to Haiti, where she reported on the devastating earthquake in January 2010.

"We're thrilled to welcome Robin Roberts as Pace Car driver for the 2010 Indianapolis 500," said Jeff Belskus, IMS president and chief executive officer. "She is an inspiring and popular personality with tremendous enthusiasm for 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'"

Roberts has played host to primetime specials since November 2009 that featured an exclusive interview with Janet Jackson, the performer's first since the death of her brother Michael, and interviews with some of country music's biggest stars.

Roberts played an active role in ABC News' coverage of the 2008 presidential race. She interviewed the candidates and a wide-range of political newsmakers for "GMA," traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to moderate a town hall debate with then-candidate Hillary Clinton and reported live from Washington on Inauguration Day. Roberts was the first journalist to interview President Obama after he was sworn in as president.

From 1990 to 2005, Roberts was a contributor to ESPN, where she was one of the network's most versatile commentators. Her assignments there included hosting "SportsCenter" and contributing to "NFL PrimeTime."

The 2010 Chevy Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car is a modern sports car that looks to the future with a nod to the heritage of both the car and the race. The first year for Camaro to pace the Indianapolis 500 was in 1967, the year the Camaro made its debut. Camaro has since paced the race in 1969, 1982, 1993 and 2009.

This year's Pace Car features an Inferno Orange Metallic paint scheme with White Diamond rally stripes that travel from the front to the rear over the top of the body, as well as extending to the interior dash. The design is a modern interpretation of the original rally stripe that debuted on the 1969 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

The Pace Car is equipped with a stock 400 hp 6.2-litre V-8, front and rear Pedders eXtreme Xa Adjustable suspension, an RS appearance package and leather interior with Inferno Orange interior accents. It also features design cues that further enhance the Camaro's head-turning design.

***

2010 Indy 500 tickets: Tickets for the 2010 Indianapolis 500, scheduled for Sunday, May 30, are on sale now. Race Day ticket prices start at just $20.

Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
IMS
 
'Good Morning America' Anchor Robin Roberts To Pace 2010 Indy 500
Robin Roberts, anchor of the Emmy-winning morning news program "Good Morning America" on ABC, will drive the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Pace Car to lead the field of 33 drivers to the start of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 on May 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves introduced Roberts as the driver March 25 live on "GMA" in Times Square in New York.
Read More
Related Media
Legends Day Honoring Al Unser presented by Firestone
 
Four-Time "500" Winner Al Unser to be Honored at Legends Day on May 23
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Firestone will honor four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser during the 45th anniversary of his first Indianapolis 500 victory on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at “Legends Day Honoring Al Unser presented by Firestone.”
Read More
2015 Rolex 24 Victory Podium
 
INDYCAR Drivers Continue 24-Hour Race Wins Streak
Victory in the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona will be quite the preseason confidence boost to Kanaan and teammate Scott Dixon, who co-drove the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates car with Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.
Read More
Indianapolis 500 Parade of Bands
 
Indianapolis 500 Parade of Bands Recognized by Indianapolis House/Senate Resolution
The 90th anniversary of the annual Parade of Bands that will precede the 2015 Indianapolis 500 was recognized by the Indiana House and Senate in a concurrent resolution during the General Assembly at the Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis on Monday, Jan. 26.
Read More
A.J. Foyt
 
Sharing 'Super Tex' Stories on a Special 80th Birthday
Anthony Joseph “A.J.” Foyt, the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the only driver to win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona and Le Mans, turns 80 today. We asked a few veteran motorsports journalists and broadcasters to share tributes and stories about the man universally known as “Super Tex.”
Read More
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Hunter-Reay Presented With Baby Borg Trophy
The trophies are keepsakes for the winning driver and team owner. The 14-inch-tall, sterling silver Championship Driver’s Trophy – a replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy -- rests on a 4-inch by 8-inch beveled black marble base that includes a three-dimensional sterling silver image of the winning driver’s face hand-crafted by noted American sculptor William Behrends, and an inscription of the winning team and year of victory.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 879
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Phil Sparks at (317) 492-6463 or email at psparks@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
#TBT: @jpmontoya's rookie #Indy500 win in 2000. A virtually an unheard-of feat in the modern era. More on The Blog: http://t.co/woUHbWtO6U
about 5 hours ago