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Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom named honorary NASCAR pace car driver

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will get behind the wheel this weekend to serve as the honorary pace car driver at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

The 40-year-old defenceman, who put off retirement by signing a one-year contract with the NHL team earlier this month, will also participate in some of the pre-race ceremonies at the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400.

It will be his first visit to Michigan International Speedway.

Detroit Lions first-round draft pick Ndamukong Suh will serve as an honorary official for the race, which has a 43-car field.

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“We are pleased Nicklas Lidstrom and Ndamukong Suh will be here on Sunday for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400,” track president Roger Curtis said in a release. “Lidstrom is a household name in Detroit and I have a good feeling that Suh will be making quite a name for himself in Detroit as well when the football season begins this fall.”