Before the start of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on Sunday, friends, family and thousands of race fans will honor the memory of Sgt. Nicole Gee, one of 13 U.S. service men and women killed in a bombing attack on the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan on Aug. 26.
Based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Sgt. Gee served with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, U.S. Marine Corps. Her husband, fellow Marine Sgt. Jarod D. Gee (2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, USMC) and best friend, Sgt. Mallory Harrison (Combat Logistics Battalion 6, USMC), will serve as grand marshals for the event, giving the command to fire engines to start the pivotal NASCAR Playoff showdown.
Just two days after the release of his fifth and final reprisal of the role of James Bond, “No Time to Die” star Daniel Craig will serve as Honorary Starter. The acclaimed actor will be introduced during pre-race festivities and wave the green flag to bring the field roaring to life at the start of the race.
As Honorary Pace Car Driver, actor Clive Standen, well-known for his roles as Bryan Mills in the NBC drama “Taken” and as Rollo in the History Channel hit series “Vikings,” will drive the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Toyota Camry TRD pace car during ceremonial laps on the 2.28-mile, 17-turn course before the green flag falls. The actor-producer is also host of the up-and-coming Vikings podcast and will star alongside Bruce Willis in the 2022 Redbox movie “Vendetta.”
Additional dignitaries for Sunday will all be live, on-site for the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, including:
- Color Guard: Cabarrus County Sherriff’s Office Honor Guard
- Invocation: Susan Chastain, mother of NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain
- National anthem: Hannah Dasher, Nashville recording artist and TikTok celebrity
Dignitaries for Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 250 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Xfinity Series race include:
- Color Guard: Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard
- Invocation: Corey LaJoie, NASCAR Cup Series driver
- National anthem: Briley Hussey
- Honorary Starter: Jennifer Grady, Senior Strategic Policy Consultant, Blue Cross NC (9-month survivor)
- Grand Marshals: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Employees, Sara Lopez (survivor one year, four months), Victoria Artis (11-year survivor), Robin Winter (8-year survivor)
— Charlotte Motor Speedway —