Actor Gerard Butler named Daytona 500 grand marshal

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP)  Actor Gerard Butler will serve as grand marshal and give the command to ``start your engines'' for the Feb. 21 Daytona 500.

The Scottish actor will attend other pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the grand marshal cars during the pace laps before the green flag.

Butler stars in the upcoming thriller ``London Has Fallen.'' He plays Secret Service agent Mike Banning

He joins baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and former Seattle Marine Ken Griffey Jr., as well as WWE star and actor John Cena as pre-race celebrities at the Sunday's Daytona 500.

Cena is the honorary pace car driver. Griffey will serve as honorary starter.