CUP: Actor Owen Wilson Named Grand Marshal For Daytona 500

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Owen Wilson.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Actor Owen Wilson, the voice of the animated character Lightning McQueen in Disney-Pixar’s upcoming movie “Cars 3,” will serve as Grand Marshal for the 59th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

The Daytona 500, the season-opening race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will begin at 2 p.m. (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM) following Wilson delivering the famous “Drivers, start your engines” command to the 40-car field.

In addition to giving the command, Wilson will ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during pace laps prior to the green flag of the 200-lap, 500-mile race and attend the drivers meeting.

“Cars 3” opens nationwide on June 16.

Wilson, who voiced Lightning McQueen in “Cars” (2006) and “Cars 2” (2011), is also known for starring roles in a variety of hit comedy films, including “Wedding Crashers,” “Meet the Parents,” ”Zoolander” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.”

Wilson stars in the upcoming “Wonder” and the Woody Harrelson-directed live film “Lost in London.”

“Owen Wilson is one of America’s most beloved comedic actors and his voice has brought Lightning McQueen to life for millions of movie-goers over the last 10 years,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “His star-power, and of course his personality, are perfect fits for ‘The Great American Race.’”

Wilson is the latest name on a long list of actors who have served as DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshals including Gerard Butler, Vince Vaughn, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage and Matthew McConaughey.

CREDIT: Daytona Int’l Speedway

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