WWE Superstar Sasha Banks will wave the green flag to start the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14.
WWE Superstar Sasha Banks will wave the green flag to start the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14.

Sasha Banks Named Daytona 500 Honorary Starter

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – WWE Superstar Sasha Banks will serve as the Honorary Starter for the 63rd Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 14.

She will waive the green flag on the Great American Race, which is set for a 2:30 p.m. ET start at the 2.5-mile World Center of Racing.

“I am honored to be the official starter of the Daytona 500. I would like to thank NASCAR and our partners at FOX for this opportunity,” said Sasha Banks.  “I can’t wait to get out to the track in front of the great fans and find out which driver has what it takes to be a ‘Legit Boss’.”

Banks can be seen each week on Friday Night SmackDown, which airs live every Friday night on FOX. The current SmackDownWomen’s Champion, she is one of the most celebrated Superstars in WWE, having held every major Women’s Championship in WWE. As a pioneer of the WWE Women’s Division, Banks has continuously broken down barriers and shattered glass ceilings, helping usher in WWE’s current Women’s Evolution. She is a former NXT Women’s Champion, a multi-time Raw Women’s Champion, and one half of the first WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.

“The tradition of having high-profile athletes, including those from WWE, as part of the Great American Race continues this year with Sasha Banks as our Honorary Starter, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “She is a true champion, and I know our fans will be anxious to see her drop the green flag on the historical 63rd Daytona 500.”

Banks’ appearance at the Daytona 500 marks the second consecutive year that a WWE Superstar has been a part of pre-race ceremonies. In 2020, Sheamus was the Honorary Pace Car Driver.