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Peyton Manning to drive the pace car for Daytona 500

NASCAR: Food City 500 Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Former Tennessee great and future NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning will drive the pace car at Sunday’s Daytona 500. Manning will lead the field to the green flag for the 60th annual Great American Race.

Manning released this statement earlier this week.

“Serving as the Honorary Pace Car Driver will be a truly unique and exciting experience. I want to thank NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway and Nationwide for making this possible. I’m really looking forward to race day.”

Manning has been found at the racetrack before, joining the now retired Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016. Alex Bowman will be taking Earnhardt’s place this year in the No. 88 car. Bowman will start this race from the pole on Sunday.

You can see the race on Fox, starting at 3:05 eastern. Manning will likely have plenty of TV time beforehand during pre-race ceremonies.