NASCAR has always brought in some big names to help with the Grand Marshal duties before races. For instance, at the Daytona 500, NASCAR brought in Kevin James to do the job. Similarly, they brought in Jimmie Johnson’s father for Grand Marshal duties at Johnson’s last race. Now, NASCAR has named Erin Andrews of Fox Sports the Grand Marshal for the upcoming Atlanta race.
As Grand Marshal for the NASCAR race, Erin Andrews will have the opportunity to do some things many NASCAR fans dream of. From shouting the iconic starting command “start your engines” to handing out the trophy, Sunday will be a fun time for the sports journalist and sideline reporter. Erin Andrews worked for ESPN for several years before joining the FOX Sports team. Now, she is a staple on the sidelines in almost every big NFL game that airs on FOX.
Erin Andrews Endorses Tubi as Grand Marshal
The choice to have Erin Andrews as the Grand Marshal was an intentional choice. Recently, FOX launched a free streaming service called Tubi that streams free content. Tubi partnered up with Chip Ganassi Racing and cooked up a new paint job for Ross Chastain’s number 42 car. The Chevrolet Camaro will sport a cool purple and orange color scheme with Tubi as their main sponsor.
As it turns out, Erin Andrews is an ambassador of that streaming service and has been promoting it for a while. This connection made her an obvious choice for Grand Marshal as FOX owns Tubi and will air the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta on Sunday. There, Andrews will have a chance to lead the activities for the racing weekend and fit a good word in for her sponsor. She has already sung her praises for the streaming service this year.
“Tubi is a streaming service, and we are really excited about it,” Andrews told Good Day DC back in February of this year. “Do I really need to say anything more than ‘free?’ You heard me. It’s free. We all know during quarantine [that] we sat back and watched our streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.”