Bucs’ Jackson named grand marshal for St. Pete’s IndyCar race

Organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg have named Vincent Jackson, three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as grand marshal for the 2015 event, taking place March 27-29.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve as grand marshal for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg," said Jackson. "I have the utmost respect for all of the drivers, crew members and teams that will be competing at the event, and can't wait to join them on the track. It's a great chance to showcase not only the city of St. Petersburg, but the entire Bay Area on a national stage, and I am excited to help represent Tampa Bay as the Verizon IndyCar Series kicks off its season."

Since joining the Buccaneers in 2012, Jackson has recorded three straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards receiving and compiled 17 touchdowns. For the past two years, Jackson has been named the team's Man of the Year – honoring his leadership both on the field and in the community – and at the conclusion of the 2014 season was named one of two league finalists for the NFL's prestigious Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

"We are delighted to have Vincent join us as the grand marshal for the race," said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. "The grand marshal role at any race is an important but exciting part of the spectacle and festivities during the event weekend. We're looking forward to welcoming Vincent and the Buccaneers organization to the track."

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