MARTINSVILLE, Va. -

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has been named the honorary starter for this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

“We’re extremely honored to have Governor McAuliffe serve as our honorary starter,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell wrote in a news release. “Having four Sprint Cup races in the Commonwealth, he understands the significant economic impact they have. I’m looking forward to seeing him wave the green flag to get the race started. I’m sure he’ll have a great time.”

McAuliffe will waive the green flag from the starter’s stand to begin the STP 500 on Sunday. He will also attend the driver’s meeting prior to the race, and visit with teams in the pit area.

“I am pleased to serve as the honorary starter for the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on March 30th,” McAuliffe wrote in a statement. “I want to thank NASCAR for supporting Virginia’s economy and communities, and I look forward to the continued collaboration that NASCAR and all of its sponsors will bring to the Commonwealth in the years to come.”

McAuliffe was elected governor in November.