Entries in Indianapolis 500 (2)


Donald Trump Cancels Indy 500 Appearance

Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday that he is canceling plans to be the pace car driver at the Indianapolis 500 later this month, he offered his clearest indication yet of his timeline for his presidential announcement.

According to a statement from representatives for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Trump informed officials there “that he may be announcing shortly his intention to run for the office of President of the United States, and therefore he thought it would be inappropriate to drive the Pace Car for the 100th anniversary running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.”

Trump has previously said he would use the season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice on May 22 to reveal the time and place of an announcement that he will -- or will not -- jump into the Republican nominating contest.

As Trump adviser and special counsel, Michael Cohen, told ABC News, “due to FEC rules and regulations, Mr. Trump cannot make his decision until his hit television show aired its finale.” Trump has also vowed to make his decision public prior to June.

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Donald Trump to Get Behind the Wheel at Indy 500

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump may not have announced a bid for president in 2012, but he’s about to amp up his exposure among conservative auto racing fans at one of the sport’s biggest events of the year. 

The real estate mogul and reality show star said Tuesday that he’ll be behind the wheel of a Chevy Camaro convertible pace car during the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

“The first thing I said to myself is, ‘Hey, do they pay me for this or not?’” Trump joked about the invitation to drive. “I called a couple of friends of mine and they said, ‘No, Donald, this is a great honor. They don’t pay you.’”

Trump, who said he has a driver’s license and considers driving a “great luxury,” could top speeds of 140 miles per hour whipping around the Indiana racetrack.

And what about that famous hair?  “It is as you know, it is my hair. It will be messy,” The Donald told ESPN’s Jamie Little.  He also said he’d probably have to wear a hat.

But the bigger question about Trump’s appearance at Indy may be whether he’ll also have started the ignition on a 2012 presidential campaign. Trump told ABC News last month that he would make a final decision on a run “prior to June” -- a message he echoed Tuesday.

“I hate what happening to the country. I see the other nations of the world, whether its OPEC as group or China, just ripping this country to shreds, they’re taking our jobs, they’re taking our money, they’re doing things we do nothing about,” he told Little. “So I will make a decision sometime prior to June.”

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