The former Atlanta Braves third baseman will serve as the grand marshal for the Aaron’s 499, officials with Talladega Superspeedway announced today.
Jones, 41, retired at the end of the 2012 baseball season, having spent his entire 19-year career with the Braves.
“Chipper has a lot of fans all over the Southeast, especially around us here at Talladega since we are just a short drive from Atlanta” Grant Lynch, the chairman of Talladega Superspeedway, was quoted as saying in an announcement emailed to The Star today.
“I have met many people within the world of NASCAR as well as many dedicated, true fans of the sport,” Jones was quoted as saying in the announcement. “I know there are a lot of those fans who love Talladega.”
Jones joins at the race University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, who be the honorary pace car driver and country singer and CNN anchor Robin Meade, who will sing the national anthem, according to the announcement.