This weekend’s Daytona 500 will be flagged by seasoned driver, Kim Lopez.
Thirty-three-year-old Lopez, who is in her 11th year with NASCAR, will be the first woman to flag the prestigious race.
She has spent the past seven years flagging races in the Truck Series and Xfinity Series and has previously flagged two NASCAR Sprint Cup races last season.
Managing director of technical inspection and officiating for NASCAR, Chad Little, said, “Kim will serve as chief starter because she’s among the best in the world at what she does. She has pursued her dreams in uncharted territory, and we’re excited to see her dreams come true when she flags the Daytona 500.”
Among her duties on Sunday, she will wave the checkered flag when the winning car crosses the finish line.