DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Peyton Manning will be a part of Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the Daytona 500, and Manning will get a greater view of the racetrack than his buddy earlier than the drop of the inexperienced flag.
Manning will lead the sector off pit street, driving the tempo automotive within the laps simply earlier than the beginning of the race Sunday. He’ll begin the tempo automotive on the route of Earnhardt, who’s giving the command to start out engines previous to the race at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.
The observe introduced in November that Earnhardt would function the race grand marshal and ship the command. Observe officers introduced Manning’s function Tuesday. Actress Charlize Theron will wave the inexperienced flag to start out the race.
JUST ANNOUNCED! Peyton Manning would be the Honorary Tempo Automotive driver for the 2018 #DAYTONA500!
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— Daytona Worldwide Speedway (@DISupdates) February 13, 2018
“Serving because the honorary pace-car driver will likely be a very distinctive and thrilling expertise,” Manning stated in a information launch.
Manning, who retired from the NFL after the 2015 season, and Earnhardt, who retired from NASCAR Cup racing after the 2017 season, grew to become buddies through the years, as each have endorsement offers with Nationwide.
Earnhardt even delivered a message to the corporate in his retirement announcement: “I am simply going to say what everybody else right here within the room is considering — your good use of the retired Peyton Manning is to be recommended, if not replicated.”
Their connection introduced the previous NFL star quarterback to the April 2016 race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the place Earnhardt helped introduce the game to Manning.