Behind The Name – Pacers

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An original member of the ABA, this franchise’s nickname was decided on by the group of investors.

Indianapolis attorney Richard D. Tinkham recalls the nickname Pacers was chosen because it was reflective both of the state’s rich history with harness racing pacers and the pace car used for the running of the Indianapolis 500.

The team kept the name when it joined the NBA in 1976.