Bobby Labonte Named Grand Marshal For The Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola
Bobby Labonte will give the command to start engines for Saturday's Coke Zero 400.
Labonte, who is driving the No. 09 car for owner James Finch in Saturday’s 160-lap, 400-mile race, will give the starting command, “Gentlemen start your engines.”
“We’re honored to have a NASCAR champion such as Bobby Labonte serve as Grand Marshal for the Coke Zero 400,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “Making his 600th career start is a special moment and it’s a fitting tribute to have Bobby give the starting command for the mid-summer classic.”
Labonte, who is an original member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, has captured 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup victories and 26 poles as well as the series’ championship in 2000.
“I’m really humbled that Coca-Cola has asked me to be the Grand Marshal for the Coke Zero 400 this weekend,” Labonte said. “It is already an honor to be a part of the Coca-Cola Racing Family and have been fortunate enough to have done some really cool things with them in my career. This, however, is something pretty special.
“I have never been a Grand Marshal for a Sprint Cup race before. This just adds to the excitement of my 600th start this weekend. I am just really humbled that Coca-Cola has allowed me this opportunity.”
The 52nd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be the final race on the current asphalt of Daytona International Speedway. Following the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, the entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved for only the second time in its history.
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