The Daytona 500 is the biggest event of the NASCAR season. A 500 mile, 200 lap race, the entire weekend is one big party and celebration. Jon Jones had the distinction as an honorary NASCAR official for the weekend and was the center of attention leading up to the race. Jon's management team was there to film video of the weekend's events and Jon's involvement in the race.
The racing league held a press conference to introduce "Bones" to the attending media for a Q&A session. After the presser was over Jon was able to talk with some of the drivers in the pit and then a Q&A for the attending fans. The race was delayed due to rain but Jon got to experience what the NASCAR drivers deal with on race day. For his involvement in the race, Jon was given a sweet car saying "Honorary Race Official". Not a bad way to spend a weekend in Florida.
From the press conference:
Q: There are a lot of drivers in the garage who are MMA fans, what is it about the sport that attracts them and are there MMA fighters that are interested in NASCAR?
Jon Jones: One of the things that attracts NASCAR drivers to mixed martial arts is that it's as real as it gets, you know. In the cage, it's not really a game, you know. If you mess up you can get seriously injured. It's something that is live speed and is extremely real. I think that's something that maybe the drivers relate to.
The Daytona 500 continues tonight at 7:00 PM ET.