Martin To Drive Coke 600 Pace Car

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Mark Martin will drive the pace car prior to the start of Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (HHP/Alan Marler photo)
Mark Martin will drive the pace car prior to the start of Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (HHP/Alan Marler photo)
Mark Martin will drive the pace car prior to the start of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (HHP/Alan Marler photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – New NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin will drive the Toyota pace car prior to the green flag for the 57th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Martin, who on Wednesday was named to the 2017 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, 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, Ark., 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, and six NASCAR XFINITY Series victories at the speedway.