Gerard Butler is the Daytona 500 Grand Marshal

Gerard Butler in London Has Fallen
Gerard Butler stars in the action film ‘ London Has Fallen’

Gerard Butler’s been named Grand Marshal of the 58th Annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to be held on February 21, 2016. The event will take place at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida and will air on Fox. Butler has London Has Fallen, the sequel to the critically acclaimed action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, heading to theaters on March 4, 2016.

As the Grand Marshal, Butler will have the honor of announcing, “Drivers, start your engines,” the command that gets the race underway. He’ll also be taking to the track in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace lap and Butler will be able to sit in on the drivers meeting before the race. For more info or to purchase tickets to the race, visit

“We’re honored to have Gerard Butler serve as Grand Marshal for the DAYTONA 500,” stated Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “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.”

More on London Has Fallen: The visceral intensity springs from a timely premise: after the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States.