Cage Named Grand Marshall of the Daytona 500

Ghost Rider star Nicolas Cage has been named Grand Marshal of the 49th annual NASCAR’s Daytona 500.

Cage will command the drivers, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” at NASCAR’s signature event, which will run on Sunday, Feb. 18 at historic Daytona International Speedway.

“The Daytona 500 is America’s premier motorsports event and consistently attracts some of the biggest high-profile personalities,” said Speedway President Robin Braig. “We’re excited to have Nicolas take part in Daytona 500 pre-race festivities to help start what will be an exciting 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season.”

Ghost Rider opens two days earlier, on February 16.

Source: Daytona International Speedway