Celebrity Chef Tapped To Drive Indy 500 Pace Car

Guy Fieri Host Food Network Shows

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri may be spicing things up behind the wheel at this month's Indianapolis 500.

RTV6's Sports Director Dave Furst reports that the Food Network star has been tapped to drive the pace car.

Speedway officials declined to comment on the speculation, but said a formal announcement would be made next week.

Fieri rose to fame after winning "The Next Food Network Star" in 2006, and now hosts "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," "Guy's Big Bite" and "Tailgate Warriors" on the network.

He's visited Indianapolis with his "Diners" crew more than once, profiling several local eateries, including Zest, Steer-In Restaurant, the Tamale Place and Jerseys Café.

Fieri is also a known fan of fast cars. His $200,000 2008 yellow Lamborghini was recovered this week after it was stolen in a daring heist last year.

Fieri lives in northern California with his wife, Lori, and their two sons, Hunter and Ryder.

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