Sen. Thom Tillis, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, North Carolina Basketball Legend Phil Ford Among Dignitaries for 60th Coca-Cola 600 Race Weekend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The world’s most patriotic racing event weekend will feature a star-studded list of dignitaries, as the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedwayis just four days from thrilling race fans from around the world.

This weekend features a sunny forecast perfect for racing action. The festivities kick off with Thursday’s Spectrum Pole Night, which sets the field for the Coca-Cola 600 and concludes with the ARCA Menards Series’ General Tire 150. The inaugural United Rentals Patriot Nationals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte gets underway on Friday and Saturday, with the NASCAR Xfinity’ Series’ Alsco 300 on Saturday at the 1.5-mile superspeedway serving as a prelude to the venerable Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday,.

The Coca-Cola 600 features dignitaries including U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller – a four-star general, the highest-ranking Marine and the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps – serving as grand marshal and giving drivers the command to start engines.

Additional dignitaries for this weekend include Coca-Cola 600 honorary pace car driver Charlotte Flair, a Charlotte, North Carolina, native and the most successful female WWE Superstar wrestler in WWE history. North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis will serve as honorary starter to wave the green flag for the Coca-Cola 600, while the Fort Bragg Firing Squad will render the 21 Gun Salute.

Four U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, will fly high over the crowd and U.S. Navy MUC William Edwards will sing the national anthem.