SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Highly decorated U.S. Army Colonel Greg Gadson will be the grand marshal for the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 6 at the Daytona International Speedway.
Gadson, who lost both of his legs when he was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device, will give the starting command, “Drivers start your engines,” in the 120-lap, 250-mile race.
He’ll also be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in the driver introductions and ride in one of the grand marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag.
Gadson has served in every major conflict of the past two decades, including Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm (Kuwait), Operation Joint Forge (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq).
Through his service, Gadson has been awarded the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Star medals and a Purple Heart among nearly two dozen medals and honors. He has continued to serve on active in various command and staff positions.
Serving as an honorary captain, he was a source of inspiration for the New York Giants during their Super Bowl seasons in 2008 and 2012. He most recently appeared in the sci-fi film “Battleship.’’
For more information about the upcoming races, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.