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New NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin will drive the Toyota pace car prior to the green flag for Sunday’s 57th running of the Coca-Cola 600.
Martin, who was named to the Hall of Fame’s class of 2017 on Wednesday alongside Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons, won the Coca-Cola 600 in 2002.
“When the speedway called to ask me if I’d do it, my first reaction was ‘Hell, yeah!’” Martin said. “Originally I’d planned to be at Indy, but now I get to do the ‘double’ in a way, and I can say I’ll be driving at Charlotte. Charlotte Motor Speedway was always my favorite race track. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of success there, including winning a Coke 600. Bruton and Marcus always put on a fabulous show, and this will be cool to lead the field to green in front of thousands of fans that I enjoyed racing for all those years.”
Martin will attend the start of the Indianapolis 500 before heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway for his pace-car driving duties.
The Batesville, Arkansas native won four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a career that spanned from 1981 to 2013. Martin also captured two NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race wins — in 1998 and 2005 — as well as six NASCAR XFINITY Series victories at the speedway.
CREDIT: Charlotte Motor Speedway