INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Director Ron Howard will have one of the best seats at this year's Brickyard 400.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Friday that the Oscar-winning director would lead the field before the July 29 race at the storied 2.5-mile track.
Howard won Academy Awards for best director and best picture in 2001 for ``A Beautiful Mind.'' His latest project is titled ``Rush'' and depicts the Grand Prix clashes between Englishman James Hunt and Austrian Niki Lauda.
Speedway President Jeff Belskus says Howard has immersed himself in motorsports culture while filming ``Rush'' and is ``an ideal person to pace the field.''
Howard calls driving the pace car a ``once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.''

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