‘Star Trek’ actor Chris Pine to drop the green flag for 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

Posted at 7:05 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 19:05:12-04

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Chris Pine will get the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 started at warp speed.

The “Star Trek” actor will serve as the honorary starter for the race on May 29, dropping the green flag to kick off the historic race.

Pine is one of Hollywood’s hottest actors and will next appear in the new “Star Trek” movie, “Star Trek Beyond,” which hits theaters in July. He stars as Captain James T. Kirk in the rebooted “Star Trek” series that launched in 2009.

Additional credits include Disney’s drama “The Finest Hours,” “Z for Zachariah,” “Horrible Bosses 2,” the musical comedy “Into the Woods” alongside Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick, “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” and the title role in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”

The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be Sunday, May 29. With a large crowd headed to the event, IMS officials are encouraging fans to start their race day routine at least two hours earlier than normal.