DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Houston Texans star J.J. Watt will act as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, which makes him the first NFL player to offer the command for drivers to Start-S their search motors before NASCAR’s most famous race.

Daytona International Speedway made the announcement Monday, six days ahead of the 61st running of”The excellent American Race.”

Watt can be a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year also wellknown for his charity work with the Justin J. Watt Foundation, that offers after-school opportunities for kids. Following Hurricane Harvey at 2017, Watt set an objective to raise $200,000 for healing efforts from Houston. He wound up raising more than $41 million, helping him the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Country music singer Jake Owen can perform an concert ahead of the race. Retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as the honorary pace Truckdriver. The allamerican Chorus of the 82nd Airborne Division will sing the national anthem.