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U.S. Women's soccer star driving Indy pace car

Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:53 am
 
Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, July 30, 2011 - United States women's national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo will drive the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car at the 2011 Brickyard 400, leading the starting field to the green flag Sunday, July 31 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Solo became a worldwide sensation earlier this month as one of the leaders of the U.S. national team that advanced to the Women's World Cup final in Germany, losing to Japan on penalty kicks. She was named the top goalkeeper of the tournament and was named to the 2011 World Cup all-tournament team.

"We're thrilled to welcome Hope Solo as the Pace Car driver for the Brickyard 400," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer. "Hope and her teammates captivated all of America with their fighting spirit during the Women's World Cup, and her presence as Pace Car driver adds to the prestige and excitement of this great event."

Solo led the United States to the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with a stunning performance in a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the gold-medal game. She has made 101 appearances for the U.S. in international play.

"I'm honored to have the unique privilege of driving the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car at the Brickyard 400," Solo said. "It's going to be so much fun. The entire world of NASCAR and its people are such a new and exciting experience for me."

Solo, a native of Richland, Wash., was a three-time All-American and four-time all-Pac 10 selection while playing for the University of Washington from 1999-2002.

She has played professionally in Europe and the United States since 2002 and has been the starting goalkeeper this season for magicJack (South Florida) of Women's Professional Soccer. She was named WPS goalkeeper of the year in 2009 while playing for Saint Louis Athletica.
 

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:00 am
 

Keeping a low profile...

Does anyone remember when Solo said she wasn't going to "cash in" on her fame and was going to keep a low profile?  I knew that wasn't going to last very long.  AFAIC, Hope Solo deserves every penny she can squeeze out of her experience.  She has definitely earned the opportunity.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:51 pm
 

U.S. Women's soccer star driving Indy pace car

Yeah well I love soccer. Real soccer like the EPL or Serie A.  Losing in the final was a major failure. But--get used to it--the others countries are passing us by as we speak.



Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 8:59 am
 

U.S. Women's soccer star driving Indy pace car

My women's soccer fan (12 yr old) plans to watch the race today because of the pace car driver.  We live in Indy and she has never shown an interest in racing.  Who knows, after she watches today, she my like racing as much as her parents.  The women's soccer team is getting a lot of press right now and kids (and their parents) are keeping track of their media presence.  Nascar should embrace these opportunities to expose others to their passion.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:43 pm
 

U.S. Women's soccer star driving Indy pace car

i agree. they lost. it was a major dissapointment(i guess). she and the whole team are waaaaayyyyyy overated.



Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:49 pm
 

U.S. Women's soccer star driving Indy pace car

they lost the final.... they lost!



Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:13 pm
 

U.S. Women's soccer star driving Indy pace car

That and the fact that she is hot.



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:48 pm
 

U.S. Women's soccer star driving Indy pace car

Racing and Soccer don't have much in common but that is not the point.  The U.S. womens team was amazing to watch especially against Brazil.  It is the American fighting spirit and winning attitude...that is why Hope Solo has been given this honor.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:42 pm
 

U.S. Women's soccer star driving Indy pace car

Note to Mr. Pistone: While this may be of interest to racing fans, it becomes a lot more interesting to the broader sports fan if you post a photo. 



Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:35 am
 

U.S. Women's soccer star driving Indy pace car

I am ok with this , she is really HOT!!! Just pissed off they didn't pull out the win..

I think that it make help get soccer more in the lime light with her behind the wheel...

It sure can't hurt



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:30 am
 

U.S. Women's soccer star driving Indy pace car

mauxdeverite, quit being a hater. I take it you don't like soccer therefore hates anything and everything that has to do with that sport and chances are you have problems with women too in general. Anyways, you make it sound as if the world is coming to an end about this as if it's that big of a deal. Name the person who drive the pace car last year? Exactly, No one remembers or even knows because it's not that important. Just because you're a redneck don't mean everyone thinks like you do. FYI, not all Nascar fans are a redneck and chews tobacco like you. Betcha Solo is the prettiest and most hot pace car driver ever for the Brickyard to date. I think you're just jealous that she is better looking than you, cos your wife says so, lol. Now go back to your outhouse with your dog Skippy and just shut up please. Btw, what do you think of our debt ceiling issues? Right, you've never heard of it.


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