Why is Daniel Craig attending the NASCAR Charlotte roval race?

Jake Nichol October 9, 2021
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Fresh from the premiere of the latest installment of James Bond, actor Daniel Craig will be at the NASCAR Cup Charlotte roval race on Sunday. Why is he there and what role will he play in the pre-race ceremonies?

Daniel Craig to attend NASCAR Charlotte roval

Craig has had a busy last couple of weeks with the premiere’s of his final outing as 007.

No Time to Die has received rave reviews, as the actor prepares to leave the role he took over from Pierce Brosnan in 2006.

The actor will play a key role in the pre-race ceremonies at the Playoff elimination race at the roval.

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Craig will officially start the race.

After the field has completed its pace laps behind the safety car, Chester-born actor Craig will wave the green flag to get things going.

Craig has well-established links with motorsport.

In the past, he has attended the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

He also helped to launch Aston Martin’s car for the 2021, as the brand returned to the series.

The character of Bond is heavily associated with Aston, most famously the Aston Martin DB5.

The car was first seen on screen in 1964’s Goldfinger with the late Sir Sean Connery playing the role of 007.

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Charlotte roval to also honour fallen soldier

NASCAR will also pay tribute to fallen US soldier Sgt. Nicole Gee ahead of the race at the roval.

Sgt. Gee served with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, U.S Marine Corps.

She was killed on August 26th in the explosion at Kabul International Airport during evacuation efforts of Afghan nationals.

Sgt. Gee’s husband, Marine Sgt Jarod D. Gee of the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion (USMC) will serve as a grand marshall.

He will be joined by Sgt. Nicole Gee’s best friend, Sgt. Mallory Harrison of the Combat Logistics Battalion 6 (USMC).

Together, they will give the command to fire the engines so cars can roll off for pace laps.

The 109-lap race is the final race in the Round of 12 in the Playoffs.

Denny Hamlin is the only driver assured of a place in the Round of 8, and starts on the pole.

The other 11 Playoff drivers must win to be sure of their place in the semi-finals.

The green-flag is scheduled to drop at 2:30pm ET on Sunday afternoon.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.