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Former Cowboys great Charles Haley will be honorary starter for IndyCar race

Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys great Charles Haley, right, will be the honorary starter for Saturday’s Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys great Charles Haley, right, will be the honorary starter for Saturday’s Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Richard W. Rodriguez/ Star-Teleg

Charles Haley, a 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee who won a record five Super Bowl titles with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, will serve as the honorary starter for Saturday night's Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Haley will wave the green flag to kick off the IndyCar race featuring drivers such as reigning series champion Will Power, reigning Indy 500 champ Juan Pablo Montoya and three-time Indy 500 champ Helio Castroneves.

Haley will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 9 as part of the 2015 class that consists of Jerome Bettis, Junior Seau, Tim Brown, Will Shields, Bill Polian, Ron Wolf and Mick Tinglehoff.

Haley, who began his career with the 49ers in 1986 as a fourth-round draft pick out of James Madison University, became one of the NFL's premier pass rushers during a career split between San Francisco and Dallas.

Haley also has been inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (2006), College Football Hall of Fame (2011), Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor (2011) and Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame (2012).

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