Gerald McCoy named grand marshal for IndyCar's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Four-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy will be the grand marshal at next week's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, race officials announced Thursday morning.
McCoy, the Bucs' star defensive tackle, will give the command for drivers to start their engines on March 13 for the IndyCar season opener at the 1.8-mile street course. The Bucs' cheerleaders will also participate as grid girls during the event.
"It's an honor to be named Grand Marshal and represent the Buccaneers and the entire Tampa Bay region at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg," McCoy said in a statement. "This is a marquee event that unites our community with the racing world, and I'm blessed to have the chance to take part. I can't wait to kick off the race and look forward to seeing everyone in downtown St. Pete for the festivities."
The Bucs have been involved in the event in the past. Receiver Vincent Jackson was the grand marshal last year and swapped jerseys with three-time Grand Prix winner Helio Castroneves.