Owen Wilson, Voice of Lightning McQueen in Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3,” Named Grand Marshal for 59th Annual DAYTONA 500

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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway.

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.

“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.

Recent News



In Theaters February 23, 2018

On Chesil Beach - Trailer

13 REASONS WHY - DVD Release Date

LEGO® DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SUPER-VILLAIN HIGH - DVD Release Date

KRISTEN BELL TO NARRATE UPCOMING IMAX® DOCUMENTARY PANDAS

STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI - digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™, 4K Ultra HD™ Blu-ray, and Blu-ray™ Release Date

The Rider - Trailer

MAIL ORDER MONSTER “MOM” Makes World Premiere Screening in Berlin

BREAKING GLASS ENTERS A HOUSE OF EVIL

On DVD and Blu-ray February 20, 2018

FATHER FIGURES - Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Release Date

THE RIOT AND THE DANCE - Trailer

Film Mode Entertainment’s THE HARROWING Makes 2018 World Premiere Screening in Berlin

BROKEN GHOST Scares Up an World Premiere Screening in Berlin

In Theaters February 16, 2018

More News

DVD Release Schedule

Movie Release Schedule

Movie Reviews