Oldsmobile Aurora
84th Indy 500
May 28, 2000

For the tenth time an Oldsmobile has been selected to pace the Indianapolis 500.  A red and white 2001 Aurora will lead the pack at the 84th Indy 500, scheduled for May 28, 2000.

The 2001 Aurora pace car is powered by a 250-horsepower, 4.0-liter V8 and will not require engine modifications. The only modifications necessary are for required safety features such as strobe lights and safety harnesses.  

"ER" star Anthony Edwards will drive the Aurora pace car.  In addition to being an avid race fan, Edwards has also completed both the beginner and advanced courses at the Jim Russell Driving School in California.  (Check out press release #1 and press release #2 about Anthony Edwards.)

The Aurora was also chosen for pace car duty in 1997, Oldsmobile's most recent appearance at Indy.  Oldsmobile first paced the Indy 500 in 1949 with an Oldsmobile '88', and also held pace car duties in 1960, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1985, and 1988.

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2000 Indy track car
Very special thanks to Howard Kirchenbauer for the photos above!

 

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