Former State Representative Christian Coomer presented a proclamation from the Georgia House of Representatives honoring the oldest driver to ever start a Daytona 500 stock car race. Mark Thompson, founder and CEO of Phoenix Air, began racing in 1991 in the Automobile Racing Club of America series. In 2015, the-then 63-year-old won the pole position â?? the no.1 starting position â?? for ARCA's season-opening race, the oldest pole winner for any Daytona race. At age 66, Thompson drove his No. 66 Ford to a 22nd place finish in the "Great American Race." House Resolution 1638, sponsored by former Bartow representatives Coomer and Paul Battles, lauded Thopmpson for his effort saying, "his extraordinary resilience and courage have brought special recognition to the State of Georgia."