Petty continues the tradition of high-profile celebrities, politicians and athletes that have served as Honorary Starter for the Daytona 500. Former NASCAR driver Phil Parsons was the Honorary Starter in 2007. Olympic snowboard medalists Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler, who led the United States to a 1-2 finish in the women's halfpipe, served as Co-Honorary Starters in 2006. Actor Ashton Kutcher waved the green flag for the 2005 Daytona 500 and comedian Whoopi Goldberg started the 2004 edition of "The Great American Race." Singer Mariah Carey sang the National Anthem and served as the Honorary Starter for the 2003 Daytona 500.
12.17.2018Extreme Energy Solutions announced as official partner of Daytona International Speedway and the DAYTONA 500.
12.13.2018Season-opening showcase caps Sunday doubleheader at 'World Center of Racing'
12.11.2018Cars participate in special preseason testing for Jan. 26-27 Endurance Classic.
12.11.2018Two-time DAYTONA 500 Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the Honorary Pace Truck Driver for the 61st Annual DAYTONA 500.