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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be returning behind the wheel at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard this year, only this time it’ll be in the pace car. 

It was announced on Wednesday that current NBC Nascar broadcaster will leave the booth to get the race underway in September. 

“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 news release. “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.”

“Dale Jr. will enjoy a unique and exciting race day this year at the Brickyard,” IMS President Doug Boles said in the release. “He’s leading the field to the green flag of one of the most prestigious races on the calendar, and then he’ll head right to the booth to offer his insightful analysis for NBC Sports. Everyone at IMS and all of our loyal fans can’t wait to welcome back one of the most admired drivers to ever turn a wheel at IMS, and his role as pace car driver adds even more excitement to our action-packed week of racing, music and family fun.”

Earnhardt Jr. retired from racing at the end of last season. 

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