Will drive the field to the green flag in the Toyota Camry; The Great American Race is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. ET start and will feature NASCAR’s new ‘Next Gen’ car
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. (February 18, 2022) – Big E, one of WWE’s most versatile Superstars, was named Honorary Pace Car Driver for 64and DAYTONA 500 this Sunday, February 20.
Big E will drive the “official” 2022 Toyota Camry DAYTONA 500 race car, leading the 40-car field to the green flag of the Great American Race, which is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET. Live pre-race coverage begins on FS1 with NASCAR RACEDAY at 11:00 a.m. ET, before the show transitions to FOX at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Possessing incredible strength, unparalleled charisma, and the power of positivity, Big E learned the value of hard work at an early age and found success in football and weightlifting before joining WWE. Big E is a former WWE Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and United States Championship, and teamed up with Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston to become one of sports entertainment’s most popular trios, The New Day.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Big E is a former University of Iowa defensive lineman and American powerlifting champion. He is an active supporter of WWE’s bullying prevention program, Be a STAR, as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Big E will be an important part of Wrestle Mania 38, which takes place over two nights on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Tickets for the two most extraordinary nights WrestleMania in history are still available on SeatGeek.com.
While the DAYTONA 500 is sold out, there are still plenty of exciting ways to experience the pageantry of Speedweeks presented by AdventHeath with an exciting Double Saturday. For more ticket information, log on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
- Saturday, February 19: Lucas Oil 200 Race Driven By General Tire ARCA Menards (1:30 p.m. ET) and Beef. That’s what’s for dinner. 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series Event (5:00 p.m. ET); NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice (10:30 a.m. ET); NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying (11:35 a.m. ET).
- Sunday, February 20: DAYTONA 500, The Great American Race (2:30 p.m. ET).
** Schedule subject to change
Big E’s participation in The Great American Race was revealed earlier tonight on WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX. Fans can follow Big E on Twitter and Instagram, in addition to WWE on Twitter and Instagram, for behind-the-scenes access to Daytona International Speedway this Sunday.
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and received SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is home to the Great American Race – the DAYTONA 500. Although the NASCAR Cup Series season-opening event attracts the most attention – as well as the biggest audience in motorsport – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the name of World Center of Racing, offers the most diverse racing calendar in the world. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the grounds of the Speedway are also used extensively for events such as concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, vehicle test drives, production and training of police motorcycles. The iconic venue will be the site of a host of motorsports events in early 2022, starting with the AHRMA Classic Motofest and Rolex 24 At DAYTONA in January, and the 64th DAYTONA 500, which will launch the first race at NASCAR’s “Next Gen” points. car as part of Speedweeks presented by AdventHealth in February. The rich tradition of the 81st Annual DAYTONA Bike Week returns in March, with DAYTONA Supercross and the DAYTONA 200, and in May with the Heroes Honor Festival. Later in the summer, during Independence Day weekend, the track, in association with Torneos, will host Soccer Fest before the NASCAR Cup Series returns for the final race of the regular season with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on August 27.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation’s wide array of US-based multi-platform sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the company holds stakes and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programs, broadband platforms , multiple websites, joint ventures, and multiple licensing relationships. FOX Sports comprises the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Sports. FOX Sports digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app, which provides live video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts on iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social streaming platform, Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios, which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. The FOX Sports portfolio also includes FOX’s interests in the Big Ten Network joint venture, a licensing and commercial relationship with The Stars Group which created the FOX Bet sports betting platform and the FOX Sports Super 6 free game, and an agreement license that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.