Jacksonville Jaguar named pace car driver for July Daytona race

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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the 58th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup race July 2 at Daytona International Speedway.

The race will be broadcast by NBC.

Smith played at Florida State before being selected by the Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He started all 14 games he played in 2015 for the Jaguars. Smith owns the NFL’s longest streak of 16 consecutive games with at least six tackles per game.

“I’m looking forward to this great experience,” Smith said in a statement from the track. “I’ve never been to a NASCAR event before, so the opportunity to attend my first race, as well as drive the pace car, will make for an unforgettable evening.”