Drivers, including Brian Vickers (14) and Ryan Blaney (21), line up on pit road waiting to go out on the track during a practice session for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Newly elected baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as honorary starter for the Daytona 500.
Griffey will wave the green flag for “The Great American Race” on Sunday, Feb. 21.
Griffey received a record-breaking 99.32 percent of the vote (437 of 440) by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He played 22 seasons, including 13 with the Seattle Mariners and nine with the Cincinnati Reds. Griffey was a 13-time all-star, 10-time Gold Glove winner and the 1997 American League MVP. He ranks sixth on the all-time home list, with 630.
This is an Oct. 3, 2009, file photo showing Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr. hitting a solo home run on a pitch from Texas Rangers’ Tommy Hunter during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)
Griffey will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in late July.
Griffey joins WWE star and actor John Cena as pre-race celebrities at the Daytona 500. Cena is the honorary pace car driver.