DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Daytona 500 has a star-studded lineup of celebrities on hand for "The Great American Race."
And that doesn't include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is expected to be in the pits of girlfriend and driver Danica Patrick.
Academy Award winner Charlize Theron is the honorary starter. Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is the honorary pace-car driver and will lead the 40-car field to the green flag. Retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the grand marshal and will say the famous phrase, "Drivers, start your engines." Country group Rascal Flatts will perform an infield concert. And Navy Band Southeast will perform the national anthem.
Newly elected Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones will serve as an honorary race official. Jones will be introduced at the drivers' meeting, take a lap around Daytona International Speedway in a parade car and participate in question-and-answer sessions with fans.