Owen Wilson Named as Grand Marshall for This Year’s DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Race

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Owen Wilson, the voice of Cars‘ Lightning McQueen, has been named as Grand Marshall for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. This is another cool, and very car-centric, publicity opportunity for Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming feature Cars 3.

The race will take place on February 26th at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, and will be broadcast on the FOX television network.

From the official Daytona International Speedway press release:

“The DAYTONA 500, the season-opening race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will begin at 2 p.m. (TV – FOX, FOX Deportes; Radio – 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.”

Owen Wilson


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

For more information on the DAYTONA 500 and for tickets, visit the Daytona International Speedway website.

Cars 3 opens in U.S. theaters on June 16th. Make sure to follow all things Cars on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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