Green Bay Packers wide receiver and former Kansas State star Jordy Nelson will drive the pace car on May 10 for the start of the Kansas 400 — the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup series night race at Kansas Speedway.
“Getting the chance to drive alongside some of the greatest racers in the world is truly a dream come true,” said Nelson, a native of Manhattan, Kan. “I couldn’t think of a better place to do it than at my home-state track, Kansas Speedway.”
Nelson an All-American receiver at Kansas State, has been a prolific receiver since he was taken in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Packers. He caught nine passes for 140 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown in the Packers’ 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
On Feb. 17, 2011, Nelson was honored with “Jordy Nelson Day” in Kansas, which was declared by Gov. Sam Brownback.