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Ladies, start your engines

Actor Matt McConaughey to serve as grand marshall of 2005 Daytona 500
/ Source: The Associated Press

Well, all right, all right, all right. Matthew McConaughey has been selected as the Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500.

The 35-year-old actor will give the command, “Drivers, start your engines,” at the Feb. 20 race in Florida, NASCAR announced Monday.

“I’m honored and excited to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s race,” McConaughey said in a statement. “There is nothing more American than NASCAR and the Daytona 500.

McConaughey, whose screen credits include “Dazed and Confused” and “The Wedding Planner,” stars in the upcoming thriller “Sahara,” based on a novel by Clive Cussler.

Previous Grand Marshals include Ben Affleck last year and John Travolta in 2003. Ashton Kutcher will be the honorary starter of this year’s race.

The 47th annual Dayton 500 kicks off the NASCAR season.