Donald Trump fired himself on Thursday as the celebrity pace-car driver for the Indianapolis 500, calling it “inappropriate” since he may be announcing his intention to run for president of the United States.
So in one way it’s almost clear that Trump will run for presidency.
According to a statement from representatives for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Trump informed officials there “that he may be announcing shortly his intention to run for the office of President of the United States, and therefore he thought it would be inappropriate to drive the Pace Car for the 100th anniversary running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.”
Trump’s decision comes after a Facebook group called “We Don’t Want Donald Trump to Drive the Indy 500 Pace Car” was formed by Indianapolis attorney Michael Wallack. Currently, over 17,000 people “like” the page, which says it seeks to “Bump Trump.”
The Donald’s decision to pull out of the race may be unrelated to the opposition, but some may argue otherwise.
“Donald Trump has been very enthusiastic about the 500 from the beginning of our conversations, and I have appreciated the interaction we have had with him and his staff,” president and CEO Jeff Belskus said. “From my first conversation, I was impressed by his deep understanding of the event and history and I thank him for being a true fan.”
As of now, no replacement has been selected for the May 29 event.