Sasha Banks – Waving the Green Flag at Daytona 500 02-14-2021
WWE superstar Sasha Banks headed to Daytona International Speedway to make an impact on NASCAR’s season-opening race, the Daytona 500.
She served as the honorary starter and had the opportunity to wave the green flag and start the action, which fans can watch online with a trial. Banks fulfilled her duties and then reflected on the experience.
The professional wrestler, whose real name is Mercedes Varnado, posted a series of photos on social media that showed her at the iconic track ahead of the Great American Race.
Many showed her posing next to the fence in a jumpsuit that said, “Finish First.” She also posted photos of her in the process of waving the green flag.
Fellow WWE wrestler Kalisto joined Banks for the experience, donning a suit and his signature mask.
“Motorsport, yeah, put that thing in sport. Thank you [NASCAR] [NASCAR] [legit boss things]” Banks wrote in the caption of her Instagram post.
Several people responded and expressed excitement about the photos and Banks becoming the honorary starter. Her Star Wars: The Mandalorian co-star Katee Sackhoff chimed in and said that Banks “looked fierce.”
While the professional wrestler kickstarted the action, the race did not continue for very long.
A caution flag came out after four laps due to an incident involving Bubba Wallace and 62-year-old driver Derrike Cope that caused damage to the rear driver side of the No. 23 Toyota Camry.
Wallace headed to pit road but was able to return to the track before the end of the caution laps.