Manning to drive pace car at Daytona 500

Former NFL quarterback and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning is set to drive the pace car at the Daytona 500.

Peyton Manning   -  (Getty Images)

Peyton Manning is headed to the track.

Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday announced the former NFL quarterback and future Pro Football Hall of Famer will drive the pace car in the laps just before the start of Sunday's Daytona 500.

"Serving as the honorary pace-car driver will be a truly unique and exciting experience," Manning said in a news release.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as the grand marshal and deliver the command, and actress Charlize Theron will wave the green flag.

Alex Bowman, who replaced Earnhardt in the number 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and Denny Hamlin are slated to start on the front row.

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