Fans and Media React to Oladipo's Selection as Pace Car Driver
With the announcement that Victor Oladipo will be driving the pace car at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, applause for the pick quickly spread across social media.
Following a trade that brought Oladipo back to Indiana, where he spent three years playing college basketball, the fifth-year pro turned in his finest season to date, captivating fans with big-time shots and a seemingly limitless supply of energy.
Oladipo was named to his first All-Star Game, is a finalist for Most Improved Player, and will now become the first Pacers player ever to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500.
Check out some of the reactions to Oladipo being selected for the racing honor.
— Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) May 17, 2018
— Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) May 17, 2018
— Trevor Mahlmann (@TrevorMahlmann) May 17, 2018
— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) May 17, 2018
Good company: @VicOladipo will join the likes of Norman-born actor James Garner, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Robin Roberts and Gen. Colin Powell as non-race car drivers to drive the pace car. #Thunder #Pacers #Indy500
— Cliff Brunt (@CliffBruntAP) May 17, 2018
— Indiana University Bloomington (@IUBloomington) May 17, 2018
The Speedway announces that none other than Victor Oladipo will drive the pace car for the 102nd running of the Indy 500.
Can you think of anyone more appropriate to do that this year than @VicOladipo? I think not. Very cool.
— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) May 17, 2018
Non racing athletes to drive #Indy500 Pace Car:
— Jake Query (@jakequery) May 17, 2018
— Aitor (@LondonR) May 17, 2018
— J. Douglas Boles (@jdouglas4) May 17, 2018
So, wait. @VicOladipo gets an assist in the Slam Dunk contest from @chadwickboseman. Vic drives the Pace Car, and @chrishemsworth will be waving the Green Flag. @Renner4Real, you gonna tell him that he steps through that door, he IS an Avenger?
— Troy Brownfield (@TroyBrownfield) May 17, 2018
— Charlie Kimball (@charliekimball) May 17, 2018
— Danny Massa (@dmassa5) May 17, 2018
— Boomer (@PacersBoomer) May 17, 2018
— 1070 The Fan (@1070thefan) May 17, 2018
um yes hi Victor Oladipo is driving the pace car so that guarantees this to be the best 500 ever, yes?
— Rob Peeters (@Rpeeters33) May 17, 2018
— IndyCar Complainer (@IWontLikeThis) May 17, 2018
The City of Indianapolis feels most unified and joyous when the Month of May includes Pacers & Racers. To have Oladipo driving the pace car is HUGE.
— Getch20 | Alex (@Getch20) May 17, 2018