Actor Chris Evans, Star of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Named Grand Marshal for 56th Annual DAYTONA 500
Evans Will Deliver the Most Famous Words in Motorsports for the ‘The Great American Race’
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chris Evans, star of Marvel’s latest Super Hero adventure “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” scheduled for release on April 4, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Daytona International Speedway. The race is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and broadcast on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, as well as streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app.
As Grand Marshal, Evans will declare the four most famous words in motorsports—”Drivers, start your engines.” In addition to delivering the command, he will be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag of the historic 200-lap, 500-mile race.
"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 a hundred thousand race fans in attendance and millions more watching on FOX as we launch the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season."
Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), living quietly in Washington, D.C. following the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and enlists the help of a new ally, Falcon (Anthony Mackie). However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
Based on the Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.
The film is presented by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Predecessors to Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider” are “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) and “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012), in which Evans portrayed Captain America as well.
Evans is also set to star in “Snowpiercer,” which opened as the #1 film in Korea and will be released later this year in the U.S. Additionally, Evans recently wrapped production on his directorial debut “1:30 Train,” in which he also stars.
Evans joins the remarkable list of previous DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshals including John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Kate Upton, Jane Lynch, Matthew McConaughey and James Franco.
For more information on tickets for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, race fans can go online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
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About Marvel Entertainment
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With the Sochi Winter Olympics fast approaching, Ford Racing thought it was the perfect time to ask some of the fastest men on the planet how they would construct a team to take on one of the Olympics’ fastest sports; four-man bobsled. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Joey Logano all weighed in on their choices for the perfect bobsled quartet made of only those available in the NASCAR garage.
RICKY STENHOUSE Jr., No. 17 Nationwide Ford Fusion – “I will definitely take Danica as our front person. She is super-light and can fit in there perfectly. I think Carl is definitely going to be in the back pushing. We need someone back there that is crazy-strong, so Carl is my pick for that. Throw me in the middle somewhere. I think my other pick would be Jimmie Johnson. As much as he does his triathlons, I feel like his legs must be really strong to push, not to mention the guy can obviously steer pretty well. I would go with those three to join me. Danica, Jimmie and Carl. That is a pretty good team, I think.”
GREG BIFFLE, No. 16 3M Ford Fusion – “So I would go with Kyle Larson as the front guy cause we need someone that is small. I will put Ricky with me in the middle and I know for sure I want Carl in the back of that thing. Kyle is the smallest and lightest and I don’t know if he is fast on his feet but that kid can drive. Kasey Kahne might be a good pick too. He has the right body type to be that first guy. We have to have Carl because you want someone that is strong to give you that power, so I have to go with Carl. I will go with Ricky because I want medium-sized guys in the middle with me. I don’t want a big guy with me in the middle. I think that team would have a shot at a gold medal. I just sure as heck don’t want to wreck.”
CARL EDWARDS, No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion – “First, let me say that the other guys are picking me to go in the back, which is flattering, but the issue is I wouldn’t ride with any of those guys if they are driving (laughter). Seriously though, I would pick Ricky to be the driver because he is a smaller guy. I’ve seen a couple jackmen that I think would be good. I think I want Cameron (Cobb) from my pit crew to be in the middle with me. Paul Menard would be pretty good just because of that beard he has. That guy just looks like a winter Olympian doesn’t he? Actually, I think I would take Aric Almirola. He is strong, fast, I think he would be a good guy for it. So let’s put Ricky up front, Aric and myself in the middle and my jackman Cameron in the back. That is a winning combination right there.”
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion – “For sure Carl is going in the back. I want him back there pushing that thing for as long as possible. I think I need Jimmie Johnson in there. I think we need a heavy guy, so let me take Tony Stewart too. That is three, and then including myself, there we have our four-man team. I want to be the driver though. I don’t trust anyone else to drive for me either, so that is perfect.”
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2014) – One of the hottest names in country music, RCA Nashville recording artist Jake Owen, will headline the All-Star Backyard Experience presented by Pennington Seed and Kingsford Charcoal pre-race concert for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 17.
Known for his high-energy shows, fans are sure to get pumped up before the green flag waves on the Saturday night blockbuster at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 90-minute concert will take place in the infield between Turns 1 and 2. Admission to the show is free for fans with the purchase of a ticket to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
"Fast cars, tailgating and good times with friends is what the days of gold are all about," shares Owen. "I’m excited to be a part of the speedway action and get the crowd revved up!"
Since releasing the chart-topping album, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Jake Owen has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the multi-week chart-toppers; the double platinum title track and platinum “Alone with You,” and gold-certified hits “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You.” Poised to follow the success is Owen’s latest album “Days of Gold” featuring the hit title track and newly-released single “Beachin’.” The Vero Beach, Fla., native first captured the national spotlight with his hits “Startin’ with Me,” “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” and “Eight Second Ride.” The 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Male Vocalist’s revival of “Life in a Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him GRAMMY and Country Music Association Award nominations.
Fans can purchase a special Golden Ticket upgrade for just $20 to secure a prime location with special early access to a reserved area directly in front of the stage. Approximately 2,000 Golden Tickets are available and can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).
For just $99, fans can get a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend ticket package with a frontstretch ticket to the race on Saturday, May 17, plus a ticket to the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The special also includes your choice of a race scanner, a ticket to the NASCAR Hall of Fame or a trackside tram tour of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tickets can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. grills steaks as president and owner of Hard Eight BBQ Chad Decker looks on during the BBQ Pit Stop with Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hard Eight BBQ on October 3, 2013 in Roanoke, Texas.
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On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Kasey Kahne visited Joplin, Mo., and assisted in a local house build that coincided with Farmers Insurance’s current efforts to help the community fully recover and rebuild from the devastating tornado that struck in May 2011. Farmers Insurance has provided resources in the way of assets, knowledge and people to help in the effort to rebuild Joplin.
(Photo Credit: Hendrick Motorsports)