NASCAR Team Owner and Music Superstar Pitbull Set to Be the Grand Marshal at Daytona 500

Published 02/02/2021, 11:30 AM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 08: Rapper Pitbull performs prior to the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Earlier this year, news broke that music star Pitbull will be a NASCAR Cup team co-owner. As it turns out, he is expected to be involved in the affairs of the Team Trackhouse Racing outfit. Now, the rapper is going to attend the 2021 Daytona 500 in the role of Grand Marshal.

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In other words, the GRAMMY-winning artist will command the drivers to start their engines. Truthfully speaking, it is a huge honor to kick-start the iconic race at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.

“We’re honored to have someone as accomplished and respected as Pitbull be a part of the 63rd running of the Daytona 500,” said Daytona President Chip Wile.

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“He is not just a world-renowned artist, Pitbull has made his mark as a philanthropist and businessman, most recently announcing he has joined the NASCAR ranks as a co-owner with Justin Marks at Trackhouse Racing with driver Daniel Suárez. We’re proud to welcome Pitbull to our great sport and I can’t wait to hear him deliver the most famous words in motorsports ahead of the Great American Race.”

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Pitbull’s inclusion will only build the Daytona 500 hype further

The multiple-award winner will definitely be a crowd puller, considering his NASCAR passion. Aside from his music career, the Latino rapper also established the Sports Leadership Arts and Management (SLAM!) program. This initiative offers free tuition to numerous public charter schools across the country.

Now, the Florida native is going to embark on a new journey in the NASCAR scene. Also joining him are Team Trackhouse founder Justin Marks and driver Daniel Suarez.

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SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 12: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Ford, celebrates with the Busch Pole Award after qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on July 12, 2019 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Without a doubt, the fledgling team will be keen to hit the ground running. Suarez is a good driver and he has the capability to battle for top positions. In addition to that, Pitbull’s presence at the track will also bode well for the team’s popularity as well.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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