Even though the Super Bowl was just a couple of weeks ago, newly retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was still on the party train.

Sunday afternoon, Lewis was the honorary starter at the Daytona 500 where he waved the green flag that started the race.

Lewis has a huge tie to the racing sport, he is close friends with 2012 Sprint Cup champion, Brad Keselowski, who listens to Lewis’ motivational speeches before every race. Keselowski revealed that Lewis left him an inspirational message on his voice mail the night prior to the final NASCAR race of the season (where he went on to become the Sprint Cup Champion).

Lewis wasn’t the only celebrity at the races, rappers T.I. and 50 Cent made an appearance, while James Franco was the Grand Marshal, and The Zac Brown Band performed.

NASCAR promises that this will be one of their most exciting seasons yet. Ladies and Gentlemen…start your engines.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English