Dale Earnhardt Jr. named grand marshal for 2018 Daytona 500
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s racing career may be over, but he's already getting other job offers.
NASCAR's most popular driver will return to the track next year when he serves as grand marshal for the season-opening Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway announced Wednesday.
"I was humbled when asked to be the grand marshal of next season’s Daytona 500," Earnhardt said in the release. "The race has so much history and being a two-time winner of the event is something I am extremely proud of. The list of names who have grand marshaled the race is one I’m honored to add my name to. Speedweeks is an exciting time for our sport, and this assures me an opportunity to witness the thrills of it all."
Earnhardt previously won 17 races at Daytona International Speedway, including the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. He recently finished his final full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series earlier this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Earnhardt will give the command for drivers to start their engines for the 60th running of the race scheduled for Presidents Day weekend on Feb. 18, 2018.