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NewsTexans star J.J. Watt to serve as Daytona 500 grand marshal

23:30  11 february  2019
23:30  11 february  2019 Source:   ap.org

Watch: J.J. Watt tells Daytona 500 drivers to ‘Start your engines!’

Watch: J.J. Watt tells Daytona 500 drivers to ‘Start your engines!’ If you’ve ever seen the intensity Houston Texans star J.J. Watt brings to his pregame preparations, then you already know what’s coming. On Sunday Watt was serving as the Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500 and absolutely crushed it when it was time to get the race going. ONE MORE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK, @JJWatt!#DAYTONA500 | @DISupdates pic.twitter.com/7bpGUEanS6 — NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 17, 2019 I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to run through a brick wall after hearing that. Watt wasn’t the only NFL star making his presence known on Sunday at the Brickyard, either. New England Patriots star Julian Edelman waved the green flag to get the race underway.

Daytona International Speedway announced that actor Chris Evans will be the grand marshal for the Daytona 500 on February 23rd. Evans, who plays Captain America in the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will give the command to start the engines at the 56th running of the Daytona 500 .

Lighting McQueen himself Owen Wilson is set to serve as Grand Marshal for the upcoming 59th annual Daytona 500 . The actor joins a long list of fellow celebrities who have acted as Grand Marshal following in the footsteps of Vince Vaughn , Ben Affleck , Matthew McConaughey and more.

Texans star J.J. Watt to serve as Daytona 500 grand marshal© Scott Halleran/Getty Images JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 21: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans reacts to a call during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 21, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Houston Texans star J.J. Watt will serve as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, making him the first NFL player to give the command for drivers to starts their engines before NASCAR's most famous race.

Daytona International Speedway made the announcement Monday, six days before the 61st running of ''The Great American Race.''

Watt is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and well known for his charity work with the Justin J. Watt Foundation, which provides after-school opportunities for children. Following Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Watt set a goal to raise $200,000 for recovery efforts in Houston. He ended up raising more than $41 million, helping earn him the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Country music singer Jake Owen will perform an infield concert before the race. Retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as the honorary pace truck driver. The 82nd Airborne Division's All-American Chorus will sing the national anthem.

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