Dale Earnhardt Jr. Will Serve as the Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500 in 2018
Dale Jr. will be back at Daytona, but not behind the wheel this time.
The legendary Dale Earnhardt Jr. may have finished his racing career, but it turns out he will be returning to Daytona in 2018 after all. However, this time it will be with a different view.
Earnhardt Jr. was named the Grand Marshal for the 60th running of NASCAR's Daytona 500 taking place in February of next year.
The two-time winner of the "Great American Race" will be delivering the famous “drivers, start your engines” call, according to an announcement made by the Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday.
“I was humbled when asked to be the Grand Marshal of next season’s Daytona 500,” Earnhardt Jr. said in a news release. “The race has so much history and being a two-time winner of the event is something I am extremely proud of. The list of names who have Grand Marshaled the race is one I’m honored to add my name to. Speedweeks is an exciting time for our sport, and this assures me an opportunity to witness the thrills of it all.”
Previous Grand Marshals of the Daytona 500 include former President George W. Bush, racing legends Richard Petty and Junior Johnson, supermodel Kate Upton, as well as actors Matthew McConaughey, Nicolas Cage and Owen Wilson.
Over his career, Earnhardt Jr. finished with a total of 26 NASCAR Cup Series wins.