Sherry Pollex, the longtime partner of defending Cup series champion Martin Truex Jr., will be the honorary pace car driver for the Bank of America 400, the first Cup race on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course.
The ovarian cancer survivor will lead the field to the green on the 17-turn, 2.28-mile layout, which the track is calling “the Roval.”
While undergoing a round of chemotherapy, Pollex was absent last October when Truex won at Charlotte and gave a tearful interview in victory lane.
In a release from the track, Pollex said she cried when offered the opportunity to drive the pace car for the Sept. 30 race.
“It’s Ovarian and Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, which is a huge month for me, in the month of September,” she said in the release. “I’ve been an advocate for pediatric cancer for the past 12 years through my foundation. With me battling ovarian cancer, it’s important for me to bring awareness to my disease. Just to be able to do that in the first Roval race in September is going to be awesome.
“To be able to drive the pace car for the Bank of America Roval 400 is such an amazing honor. To get in there and take 17 turns going 40 mph, it doesn’t seem like it would be fast, but it feels fast when you can’t touch the brake and slow yourself down.
“I’m hoping that Martin can qualify on the pole and give me a bump down the backstretch. I’m looking forward to the fans coming out to the Roval seeing how fast it is.”
Watch the video above to learn more about Pollex’s debut behind the wheel of the pace car.