(CNN) – NASCAR's Autoclub 400 this Sunday may be the first time President Ronald Reagan has been honored by anyone going fast and turning LEFT.
The famously right-leaning president's 100th birthday will be celebrated on the track and in the stands at the race in Fontana, California. Sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in partnership with Richard Childress Racing, the Reagan centennial seal will be unveiled on the hood of the number 98 car that will be driven in the Sprint Cup series this fall.
In this Sunday's race, the #33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper car driven by Clint Bowyer will wear Reagan's seal. Austin Dillon, the grandson of team owner Richard Childress, will drive number 98, what we here at the Ticker have already dubbed the "Gipper Car."
Fans attending the race will be included in the celebration Sunday as they all receive Reagan's favorite Jelly Beans. And a video will be played prior to the race marking the president's centennial.
It was Reagan who was the first sitting president to attend a NASCAR race. He gave the "Gentlemen, start your engines!" command from aboard Air Force One while en route to the Daytona International Airport for the 1984 Firecracker 400. Fans watched as Air Force One landed at the nearby airfield and then the President watched the race where legend Richard Petty captured the victory.
The Autoclub 400 is at 3 p.m. ET Sunday.