Gov. Joe Lombardo will lead the state of Nevada for the next four years, and on March 5 he’ll lead the field to the green flag as the honorary pace-car driver for the Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Lombardo, previously Clark County’s sheriff before being elected governor, will pilot the Toyota Camry pace car in front of the 36-car field at the start of the 26th annual event.

“We’re honored to have Gov. Lombardo participate in this ceremonial role in our state’s pre-eminent sports event,” said LVMS president Chris Powell. “Gov. Lombardo has long shown great interest in major sports events in Nevada, and we’re proud to welcome him to the Pennzoil 400.”

Lombardo joins current Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams, former NFL standout Marshawn Lynch and NHRA star Antron Brown as distinguished figures to pace the field for NASCAR events in Las Vegas.

“Racing has long been a passion of mine, so I’m especially honored to drive the pace-car in the Pennzoil 400 this year,” Lombardo said. “I look forward to participating in this great Las Vegas sports tradition.”

The race weekend kicks off with the annual Hauler Parade up Las Vegas Blvd. on Thursday, March 2. Racing begins Friday with truck and Xfinity practice and qualifying, followed by the Victoria’s Voice 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race that night. Saturday begins with Cup Series practice and qualifying, followed by the Alsco Uniforms 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Sunday caps off the weekend with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR Cup Series race.

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