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When Foyt finishes the honorary pace laps, he will likely get out of the car, walk back to his spot on pit row and put on his headset so he can talk to his two drivers _ Vitor Meira and Bruno Junqueira, both Brazilians.

By picking Foyt, race organizers are also bringing back the tradition of using former winners in the pace car.

While Foyt joked Friday that he still expected to be racing 50 years after his first Indy win, there was no question one of the most recognizable people in motorsports took the job seriously.

“I’ll be leading the race again is all I can say,” he said. “It’ll probably be pretty nerve-racking. I’m just very honored I can do something back for the speedway because the speedway is what made A.J. Foyt and my whole racing career.”