WWE Superstar John Cena will wave the green flag as honorary starter of the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway. Cena was invited to participate in this year’s race by 2011 title runner-up Carl Edwards during the broadcast of Monday night's "Raw" show on USA Network.
During the scene, Edwards got out of his official No. 99 Fastenal Ford and
told Cena, “NASCAR asked me to come to Monday Night
Raw and personally invite you to drop the green flag and officially start
the Daytona 500 on February 26.” An appreciative John Cena enthusiastically accepted with an emphatic
"John Cena is the greatest Superstar in WWE today,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie
Chitwood III said. “We look forward to seeing him on the flag
stand waving the green flag to start ‘The Great American Race’ and kick off the
new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”
Cena, who made his WWE debut in 2002, is a 10-time world champion.
He can be seen each week on the hit cable series Monday Night Raw
on USA Network. The avid NASCAR fan will headline WrestleMania against The Rock at Sun Life Stadium in Miami
on Sunday, April 1, 2012.
Cena, like many NASCAR drivers, has a long
standing relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is on
pace to grant his 300th wish, making him the first celebrity wish
granter ever to reach that goal. The Make-A-Wish Foundation
recently dedicated a room to WWE at the foundation’s
headquarters in Phoenix in honor of Cena’s
dedication to children with life-threatening medical