Five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Hurley Haywood will serve as the Honorary Starter for this weekend’s 55th running of the endurance sports car event, Daytona International Speedway announced Thursday.

Haywood, who shares the record for most Rolex 24 overall championships with Scott Pruett, co-drove to victories in 1973, ’75, ’77, ’79 and ’91. In the 1970s, he and Peter Gregg formed one of sports car racing’s iconic teams at Brumos Porsche Racing.

Haywood will wave the green flag Saturday for the 2:30 p.m. (ET) start of the season-opening race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“It’s cool to have the honor of starting the Rolex 24,” Haywood said. “I spent 40 years taking the green flag but never throwing it. It’s exciting to be here. There are a lot of great-looking cars and a great driver lineup.”

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