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.
10.17.2018What should you bring?
10.16.2018Daytona International Speedway will hold an open house on Sunday, Nov. 4.
10.12.2018Check out what activities Daytona International Speedway will be offering to fans on and off the track during 2018 Fall Cycle Scene.
10.8.2018Florida Hospital, soon to be renamed AdventHealth, will expand its partnership with Daytona International Speedway as the new official sponsor of Speedweeks.