Peyton Manning to Drive Pace Car at 2018 Daytona 500

Dec 5 2017 New York NY USA University of Tennessee former quarterback and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning at the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Press Conference at New York Hilton. Mandatory Credit Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

Former Broncos quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning will be the honorary pace auto driver for the Daytona 500 on February 18, Daytona International Speedway announced Tuesday. "I'm really looking forward to race day".

Manning will take the wheel of the Toyota pace vehicle, leading the 40-car field that includes Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports as the pole-setter.

Manning will have some familiar company - his fellow Nationwide insurance pitchman Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will serve as the grand marshal.

Manning, the retired National Football League quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion, is a spokesman for Nationwide.

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An NFL legend, Manning, retired from the NFL after leading the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl championship in 2015.

The 60th annual Daytona 500 is scheduled for Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. His first Super Bowl victory came in February of 2017 when his Colts knocked off the Chicago Bears by a score of 29-17. Throughout his career, Manning threw for an all-time record 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns while being named NFL MVP five times. "He also has the persona and popularity to match his achievements".

Last year's victor of the Daytona 500, Kurt Busch, will start out of the #9 position after qualifying over the weekend.

In recent years, other honorary pace vehicle drivers include Jay Leno (2006), Cal Ripken Jr.

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