Governor Daniels Named Indy 500 Starter

The governor says he initially thought about declining, but gave in to a long-held ambition.

Borg-Warner Trophy

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Governor Daniels will drop the green flag Sunday and the winner gets the checkered flag and the Borg-Warner trophy.

Governor Mitch Daniels will serve as honorary starter of the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Daniels says he was called by Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus to ask if he would like the honor.

“I really caught my breath first and I literally started to say, ‘Awww, Jeff you want to get somebody else, there‘s got to be a better idea’ but then I thought ‘No, that‘s a nice offer’ and besides, what kid that grew up in Indiana didn‘t fantasize about being able to see the start from that vantage point,” the governor says.

Daniels says he‘s excited for the opportunity.

“You know, somebody told me that Reggie Miller got to do it one time and said that nothing that happened to him in the NBA was any more thrilling than that and I‘m sure I‘ll have the same sensation,” he says.

Daniels says he plans to practice in time to be ready for Sunday.

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