Gordon to Pace Daytona 500

It was announced Friday afternoon four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Jeff Gordon, will serve as the pace car driver for the 59th running of the Great American Race behind the wheel of the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

“To me, you go down the list of prestigious things I have done, this is right at the top of the list,” Gordon said. “This is truly an honor to be asked to drive the pace car for the Daytona 500.”

A winner 93 times at the Cup level, Gordon won every race in a Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, so it’s only natural he will drive a Chevrolet at the front of the field Sunday afternoon.

He was a Daytona 500 victor three times, with wins coming in 1997, 1999, and 2005.

“Driving for Hendrick Motorsports for 23 years as a driver, to be able to lead this field in a Chevrolet Camaro but also have two Chevrolets in my rearview mirror, that makes it even more special,” he said.

One of those cars will be his old ride, the No. 24 now driven by Chase Elliott, and the other will be the No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr., whom Gordon subbed for last season for a handful of races while Earnhardt dealt with lingering concussion symptoms.

After he steps out of the pace car, he will head up to the FOX broadcast booth to resume his broadcasting duties with Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip.

The Daytona 500 can be seen on FOX Sunday at 2 P.M. ET.

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By Shane Carlson

Shane Carlson is a graduate of Winona State University in southeastern Minnesota, where he earned a degree in Mass Communications-Journalism. He joins POPULAR SPEED looking to gain experience in the world of NASCAR, where he hopes to work one day. He is also a monthly contributor to The Midwest Racing Connection. Carlson was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he still resides.