Hollywood hunk Matthew Mcconaughey has been chosen to be the GRAND MARSHAL for the upcoming DAYTONA 500 race.

The actor will give command NASCAR drivers to start their engines at the 20 February (05) event in Florida.

McConaughey says in a statement, "I'm honoured and excited to be the Grand Marshal of this year's race. There is nothing more American than NASCAR and the Daytona 500."

Previous Grand Marshals include Ben Affleck last year (04) and JOHN TRAVOLTA in 2003. Ashton Kutcher will be the honorary starter of this year's race.

08/02/2005 21:42