Posted by staff in Feb 18,2014 with No Comments
Captain America is coming to the Great American Race.
Chris Evans, star of the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has been named grand marshal for the Feb. 23 Daytona 500.
As part of his grand marshal duties, Evans will say the most famous words in motor sports — “Drivers, start your engines” — and participate in pre-race ceremonies.
The Captain America movie is scheduled for an April 4 release.
“What better way to kick-off ‘The Great American Race’ than with Captain America, Chris Evans, giving the command to start engines?” Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III said. “We look forward to having him be a part of our pre-race ceremonies in front of more than 100,000 race fans in attendance and millions more watching on Fox as we launch the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”
Previous grand marshals have included John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Kate Upton and Matthew McConaughey. Last year, grand marshal James Franco butchered the command by saying, “Drivers and Danica, start your engines.”
Gary Sinise is this year’s honorary starter and will wave the green flag. Aloe Blacc will sing the national anthem. [Source]