He wears a football helmet, not a racing helmet, but Mobile native and former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. MCarron will be the Grand Marshal of the ARCA Mobile 200 on March 22nd.
"We're excited that A.J. McCarron is coming back home to be the grand marshal of the race," said promoter Tommy Praytor. "He's been here the first two years to say ‘gentlemen start your engines,' but we couldn't tell anyone because of the NCAA regulations. Well, now he's not playing under the NCAA rules and we're happy to say that he'll be with us on race day."
Praytor made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday at Heroes Sports Grille.
Also taking part in race day festivities will be American Idol contestant Megan Miller
"It's such a huge opportunity, not just for me but Mobile as well to be a part of the ARCA Racing Series" said Miller. "So I'm very excited to sing the national anthem and meet everyone here and just spend a few days in Mobile and enjoy the city. It's really beautiful here."
Miller says she's never seen a race in person. If this one lives up to the first two Mobile 200's, she'll see a great race. Drivers are already testing. A number of charitable and other events take place all next week with the green flag dropped on Saturday March 22 at the Mobile International Speedway in Irvington