INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time Olympic slopestyle skiing medalist and Red Bull athlete Nick Goepper will serve as the grand marshal of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Goepper, an Indiana native born in Fort Wayne and raised in Lawrenceburg, will give the command for drivers to report to their cars during pre-race ceremonies.
“I’m super excited to return to IMS for another awesome Indy 500 experience,” Goepper said. “Being grand marshal of the world’s largest single-day sporting event is a big honor, and I know it’s going to be a great race.”
Goepper won the silver medal in men’s ski slopestyle while representing the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. That performance followed his bronze-medal effort in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The two Olympic medals are the pinnacle to date of career achievements for Goepper, who also has won three gold and two silver medals in the Winter X Games. Governor Eric Holcomb awarded Goepper on March 5 the Sagamore of the Wabash, presented to Hoosiers who have rendered a distinguished service to the state or the governor.
“Nick Goepper has performed with excellence on some of the biggest stages in global sport, so he’ll feel right at home calling drivers to their cars before ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,'” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We’re happy to welcome him back home again to Indiana for this role on Race Day.”
ABC will televise the 102nd Indianapolis 500 at 11 a.m. (ET) Sunday, May 27. The Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network also will telecast the race live.
Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27, and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.
SOURCE: News release from Indianapolis Motor Speedway