UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (Pictured) will be circling the Daytona International Speedway on February 26th. No, not as a contestant in the 54th annual Daytona 500, but “Bones” will serve as Honorary Race Official for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
FOX, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s new broadcast partners, will air the festivities live beginning at 1PM ET/10AM PT.
“I am thrilled to be able to serve as Honorary Race Official at this year’s Daytona 500, NASCAR’s premier event,” Jones said. “Like the UFC, NASCAR has a passionate and knowledgeable fan base, and I am honored that I will get to share this experience with them.”
As part of Jones’ duties, he will be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the honorary race official cars ahead of the 43-car field for the 200-lap, 500-mile historic race.
“Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is the biggest name in mixed martial arts,” Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III said. “We are excited to welcome him to the ‘World Center of Racing’ and have him be a part of the pre-race ceremonies for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race.”
Jones returns to his day job on April 21st when he puts his 205-pound crown on the line against Rashad Evans at UFC 145.