NASCAR Daytona 500 Live Stream: Owen Wilson named Daytona 2017 grand marshal

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Owen Wilson will be the Grand Marshal for the 59th annual Nascar Daytona 500 Live Feb. 26 on FOX.Wilson is also serving as the voice of the animated character Lightning McQueen in the upcoming movie “Cars 3”  movie, so this is definitely a win-win situation for all parties.

The Daytona 500 is the biggest race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and “Cars 3” should be one of the year’s biggest films when it opens on June 16.

At the track on Feb. 26, Wilson will give the command to start engines at the Daytona 500 and 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 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.’

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.

Wilson will deliver the command at 2 p.m. ET. 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.

Wilson, who voiced Lightning McQueen in “Cars” (2006) and “Cars 2” (2011), has had starring roles in “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.” “Cars 3” opens nationwide on June 16.

“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.’ ”

Actor Owen Wilson was announced Thursday as the Grand Marshal for the Feb. 26 Daytona 500 Live Stream.

The list of actors who have served in that role includes Gerard Butler, Vince Vaughn, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage and Matthew McConaughey.

With just 36 days until the 2017 Daytona 500 takes place (Feb. 26, 2 p.m. ET, FOX), we figured it would be a good time to check in on the history of the No. 36 in what this year will be called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

And the results, frankly, were shocking: In 711 Premier Series races dating back from the very first NASCAR  Daytona 5oo Live Strictly Stock race in Charlotte on June 19, 1949, through the end of the 2014 season, the No. 36 hasn’t won a single race.

But despite that less-than-stellar track record, the No. 36 in NASCAR has a special place in the hearts of chocolate lovers: Starting in 1999, the No. 36 MB2 Motorsports Pontiac driven by Ernie Irvan carried primary sponsorship from M&M’s.

And there is a Daytona connection: Before joining MB2, Irvan won the 1991 Daytona 500 and the 1992 July Daytona race, both times driving Chevrolets for Morgan McClure Motorsports.M&M’s, of course, went on to parlay their sponsorship to one of the biggest success stories in NASCAR history, culminating with Kyle Busch winning the 2015 Cup title.

Wilson will be the voice of animated character Lightning McQueen in the upcoming movie, “Cars 3.” His credits also include comedy films Wedding Crashers, Meet the Parents, Zoolander and The Royal Tenenbaums.

Previous actors who have served as Daytona 500 grand marshals include Gerard Butler, Vince Vaughn, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage and Matthew McConaughey.The season-opening Nascar Daytona 500 Live Stream will begin at 2 p.m. (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).(source)