"John Cena is one of the most iconic WWE Superstars in history, a great actor, and philanthropist," Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III said in a statement. "We welcome him back to the 'World Center of Racing' and our new motorsports stadium, this time to pace the field for 'The Great American Race.'"
Cena will host a reality TV show with military and survival themes this spring on Fox, which is also the network that carries the Daytona 500. He's also active in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The 500 will showcase the renovated speedway, which received $400 million in renovations in work that started in July 2013 and was first displayed at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The 57-year-old landmark now seats about 101,500 and has more rest rooms and concession stands.
WWE Superstar and actor John Cena will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at Daytona International Speedway (TV – FOX, FOX Deportes; Radio – MRN Radio, SiriusXM). Cena will pace the 43-car field to the green flag in a Toyota Camry.
Cena, a 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, has been at the forefront of WWE's programming for more than a decade, and most recently starred on the big screen in the Golden Globe-nominated "Trainwreck" as well as "Sisters" with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. He next will host FOX's upcoming reality competition series AMERICAN GRIT, in which contestants work together to complete a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges. The series premieres Thursday, April 14 (9:00 -10:00 pm ET/PT) on FOX.
"John Cena is one of the most iconic WWE Superstars in history, a great actor and philanthropist," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "We welcome him back to the 'World Center of Racing' and our new motorsports stadium, this time to pace the field for 'The Great American Race.' "
In addition to his celebrity accolades, Cena is a wish ambassador for Make-A-Wish having granted more than 500 wishes – more than any other celebrity or athlete in the history of the organization. Make A Wish has recognized Cena's unwavering dedication to children with life-threatening medical conditions with their highest honor, the Chris Greicius Award.
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