Marathon bombing survivor Bauman, actor Gyllenhaal named starters for Indianapolis 500

Will be first duo ever to wave green flag

David Tanklefsky
May 15, 2017 - 1:54 pm

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and actor/producer Jake Gyllenhaal will both serve as starters for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 later this month, according to a press release from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bauman lost both limbs in the 2013 bombing and gave law enforcement a detailed description of the suspects while he was in the hospital. 

Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler) is playing Bauman in the upcoming film Stronger, which is based off Bauman's best-selling book. The movie comes out later this year.

"It's fitting that our fans will join Jake in honoring an incredible hero like Jeff on Memorial Day weekend," said Indianapolis Moto Speedway President J. Douglas Boles, in a statement. "It's a time when all Americans honor those who have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation."

The Indianapolis 500 takes place May 28th a little after 12 p.m.

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