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Former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was announced Tuesday as the honorary pace car driver for Sunday’s 2018 Daytona 500 in Florida.

Daytona International Speedway confirmed the selection and passed along comments from the future Pro Football Hall of Famer about the opportunity.

“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.”

The 41-year-old New Orleans native retired from the NFL following the 2015 season. His 18-year career included 14 Pro Bowl selections, five Most Valuable Player awards, two Super Bowl titles and numerous league passing records.

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