Manning to be Indy grand marshal, wave start flag

Updated: March 14, 2007, 5:29 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will be the grand marshal of the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade and wave the green flag to start the race on May 27.

Manning was the most valuable player in the Colts' 29-17 victory over Chicago in the Super Bowl.

"His performance in the Colts' run to the Super Bowl secured his place among all-time Indiana sports legends, electrifying and uniting the entire community in a blue wave of Colts' team spirit," Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Joie Chitwood said Wednesday.

The annual parade is May 26, and the race is the following day.

"I am very honored to have been asked to serve as the grand marshal," Manning said. "I appreciate the grand tradition of the Indianapolis 500 and am excited to participate in the festivities surrounding the event."

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