Lance to drive Indy 500 pace car

Lance Armstrong's will once again get the chance to perform in a high-pressure atmosphere in front o

Lance Armstrong's will once again get the chance to perform in a high-pressure atmosphere in front o

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Lance Armstrong is swapping the two wheels that made his name for four after agreeing to drive the pace car at the 90th Indianapolis 500 motor race on May 28. The seven-time Tour de France said it was a huge honour to be asked to drive the Chevrolet Corvette pace car ahead of the 33-car field. "It is something that I am very excited to do. Hopefully I cannot mess things up, if that's possible," Armstrong told AFP.

Armstrong will circle the 4km Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval ahead of the field before a 250,000 people, before heading into the pits as the cars prepare for full-speed racing. "It will be a rush driving around with 250,000 people there. In the opening laps is probably when they are the loudest they could be screaming for their favourite driver. You try to take all of that in.

"It will have been almost a year since I have heard that as a sportsman. It will be neat to get a little of that back," admitted Armstrong.

Armstrong added he is still far more comfortable on a bike than behind the wheel of a fast car. "I spent 20 years racing the bike professionally, so I've gotten used to that. Driving a high-powered vehicle like that is totally different. I'd have to pick the bike as easier to handle," he said, adding: "I got three speeding tickets on the way over so I'm looking at who to give those to so I get reimbursed!"

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