Monday, June 29, 2009

Vince Carter comes home to drive the honorary pace car in Daytona

thanks to DIS press release and WDBO for image.

NBA basketball star and nearby Mainland High School graduate Vince Carter will serve as the Honorary Pace Car driver for the 51st annual Coke Zero 400 Powered Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday, July 4.

Local hometown hero Carter, who JUST got traded to the Orlando Magic will pace the 43-car field prior to the green flag waving on the Independence Day holiday classic.

Carter led Daytona Beach's Mainland High School Buccaneers to the Class 6A state basketball championship in 1995 before attending the University of North Carolina where he made a pair of Final Four appearances with the Tar Heels. He was a first-round draft pick of the Toronto Raptors, earned the NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 1999 and won the NBA Slam Dunk competition in 2000. The 6-foot-6 guard was part of the gold-medal winning United States Basketball Team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

For the last five seasons, Carter has starred for the New Jersey Nets where he has led them to four playoff appearances. He will start with the Orlando Magic this year.

Also, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow has been named Honorary Race Official.

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