As one of the pre-race celebrities for the 99th annual “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” Luck walked the red carpet, signed autographs and mingled with other dignitaries.
“Great energy,” said the three-time Pro Bowl passer. “I love coming to the track. It’s great for Indianapolis, great for Indiana. To watch the cars go around and to watch the pomp and circumstance before the race is really special. I love being here.
“Great sports fans, great people in the Midwest. Kind, nice people that support their sports, support the culture. Fans make the thing go. As athletes, you get a kick out of coming out in front of 70,000 or hundreds of thousands of fans. It’s all fun.”
Luck’s first visit to the track was for a practice during his rookie year in 2012 as a guest of Ganassi Racing driver Charlie Kimball.
This time, Luck arrived with two other Colts, offensive guard Jack Mewhort and wide receiver Griff Whalen. Colts punter Pat McAfee, who drove the pace car for the May 9 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course, was also in attendance. He got a ride around the track with Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George.
Other celebrities included NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, recently retired talk show host David Letterman and Olympic champion gymnast Nastia Liukin. The latter served as grand marshal.
Letterman is a part owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, which has two cars in the race with drivers Graham Rahal and Oriol Servia.
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