1. Headline
  1. Headline
Kevork Djansezian  /  AP file
Josh Duhamel, who will be in the movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” later this summer, is the latest Hollywood celebrity to drive the pace car.
updated 5/22/2009 7:42:12 PM ET 2009-05-22T23:42:12

Turns out actor Josh Duhamel doesn’t excel in the fast lane, at least not in Indianapolis.

When the 2009 Indy 500 pace-car driver took reporters around the 2.5-mile oval Friday, he didn’t exactly floor it.

“Let’s see what I can do,” he said during one of the runs. “One-oh-six. Coach (Johnny) Rutherford is going to bench me.”

That’s because the three-time Indy 500 winner and race organizers want him to hit 120 mph coming out of the fourth turn on Sunday as he leads the field to the start-finish line.

Duhamel, who will be in the movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” later this summer, is the latest Hollywood celebrity to drive the pace car. Others included Jay Leno, James Garner, Anthony Edwards and Patrick Dempsey.

Dempsey’s a serious, if part-time, sports car racer. Emerson Fittipaldi, last year’s pace-car driver, won Indy twice.

Duhamel? He’s used to sitting in traffic in Los Angeles.

So driving at Indy has been a difficult transition.

“It takes everything I have to slow down in the turns because there are so many G-forces,” he said. “This is a lot more responsibility than I thought it was, so I’m taking it pretty serious. But it is a lot of fun.”

© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Cbs Photo Archive / Getty Images Contributor

    Leonard Nimoy dies at 83: 5 lessons we learned from Spock

    2/27/2015 6:46:55 PM +00:00 2015-02-27T18:46:55
  1. Scott Gries / Getty Images

    #TheDress wasn't the first to divide us: 11 dress controversies

    2/27/2015 9:40:48 PM +00:00 2015-02-27T21:40:48
  1. Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

    Dave Coulier recalls old days: 'Supermodels were bouncing off' Stamos

    2/27/2015 6:12:49 PM +00:00 2015-02-27T18:12:49
  1. Gene Blevins / Reuters

    Celebrities and scientists remember Leonard Nimoy

    2/27/2015 6:32:08 PM +00:00 2015-02-27T18:32:08
  1. Paul Morigi / Getty Images file

    Trista Sutter opens up about 'dark time' struggling with infertility

    2/27/2015 9:13:33 PM +00:00 2015-02-27T21:13:33