NASCAR Updates: Gerard Butler Named Daytona Grand Marshal, Danica Patrick Says No To Indy
Gerard Butler To Become Daytona Grand Marshal
Here’s something else to watch out for aside from rookie driver Chase Elliott starting in the pole during the upcoming Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Actor Gerard Butler will also be attending the event and will even serve as a grand marshal.
Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III is looking forward to have Butler conduct his grand marshal duties on Sunday. He said, “Gerard is a talented actor and we look forward to hearing his starting command to kick off the first Daytona 500 held in the new motorsports stadium.”
The grand marshal job will require Butler to deliver the exciting words, “Drivers, start your engines.” Aside from that, he also expected to take part in a number of pre-race ceremonies such as riding in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps before the green flag of the race. At the same time, Butler is also expected to join the drivers meeting.
The Daytona 500 is no stranger to celebrity Grand Marshals. In the past, Nicolas Cage, Vince Vaughn Matthew McConaughey, Chris Evans, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, and James Franco have also filled in the role.
Butler stars in the upcoming high-octane action thriller “London Has Fallen.” It is scheduled to open in theaters nationwide on March 4.
Danica Patrick Says She’s Not Coming Back To IndyCar
It seems race car driver Danica Patrick has made up her mind when it comes to NASCAR and the IndyCar Series. Of the latter, she just said, “I’m OK with not doing it.”
While speaking with ESPNW.com, Patrick said that she’s feeling good where she is, explaining that she’s now focused on working with her new crew chief Billy Scott. Moreover, Patrick said she has “things I want to accomplish” in NASCAR.
Meanwhile, the 33-year-old also talked about how she spent Valentine’s Day with her boyfriend, fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. She said, “Valentine’s Day at the dirt track, I mean I couldn’t have thought about anything better.”
The couple had gone to the Volusia Speedway Park to watch the DIRTcar Nationals. Stenhouse, however, also ended up helping race buddy Bryan Clausen when he blew an engine during practice. When that happened, Patrick said she was sure her boyfriend was having “the best time.”