Let's be honest, there's a fair amount of overlap between the demographics of NASCAR and the WWE. So it can't be all that surprising that WWE wrestler John Cena is the honorary starter for the Daytona 500, right?
Cena, who has already appeared in a Gillette commercial back in the days of the Gillette Young Guns, received his official "invitation" to be the starter when friend Carl Edwards appeared on Monday's WWE Raw.
"John Cena is the greatest Superstar in WWE today," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said in a release. "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."
It could be argued that Cena, who starred in that unforgettable movie 'The Marine,' is the WWE's version of Kyle Busch. He's marketable, sells a lot of merchandise and hears a lot of boos. Sound familiar? But hey, he's certainly a better fit than Mariah Carey, who served as the race's honorary starter in 2003.
- John Cena