Peyton Manning selected as Daytona 500 honorary pace car driver

(WVLT) -- VFL Peyton Manning was selected to serve as the honorary pace car driver for the 60th annual Daytona 500 on February 18 at the Daytona International Speedway.

The Daytona 500 is the season-opening race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Organizers announced that Manning will be behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry XSE pacing the 40-car field before taking the green flag.

“Serving as the Honorary Pace Car Driver will be a truly unique and exciting experience,” Manning said. “I want to thank NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway and Nationwide for making this possible. I’m really looking forward to race day.”

Manning was the quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers from 1994 to 1997. He played for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998 to 2010 and retired from the NFL after playing for the Denver Broncos from 2012 to 2015.

He is a two-time Super Bowl winner, most valuable player of Super Bowl XLI, and was inducted into the National Football Foundation's 2017 College Football Hall of Fame.