Routh Will Serve As Grand Marshal


Brandon Routh, who stars as the Man of Steel in Superman Returns, Warner Bros. Pictures' soaring new action adventure opening nationwide on June 28, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 48th annual Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 1 at Daytona International Speedway.

Routh will give the command "Drivers, start your engines" in NASCAR's mid-summer classic. His Grand Marshal duties also include leading the 43-car field in the pace laps from the Grand Marshal pace car.

"We're excited to have Brandon, the star of one of this summer's blockbuster movies, give the starting command for this year's Pepsi 400," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. "Brandon's participation proves the Pepsi 400 continues to attract top celebrities to one of NASCAR's premier events."

Prior to his casting as Superman, Routh starred in the ABC sitcom Odd Man Out and the ABC Daytime Drama One Life To Live. He has also made guest appearances on the hit shows Gilmore Girls, Cold Case and Will & Grace.

Pepsi is the official soft drink partner of this summer's blockbuster Superman Returns and is honoring the Man of Steel all summer long with exclusive promotions, packaging and sweepstakes tied to the movie. In addition to Routh serving as the Grand Marshal of the Pepsi 400, Pepsi's own hero, Jeff Gordon, will race his No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet in a special Superman Returns paint-out car featuring the Superman S-Shield.

Tickets for any of the Pepsi 400 Weekend events are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

About Superman Returns: Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in Superman Returns. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Jon Peters production in association with Bad Hat Harry Productions, a Bryan Singer film, Superman Returns, starring BRANDON ROUTH, KATE BOSWORTH, JAMES MARSDEN, FRANK LANGELLA, EVA MARIE SAINT, PARKER POSEY, KAL PENN, SAM HUNTINGTON and KEVIN SPACEY.  Directed by BRYAN SINGER, the film is produced by JON PETERS, BRYAN SINGER and GILBERT ADLER.  The executive producers are CHRIS LEE, THOMAS TULL and SCOTT MEDNICK.  The screenplay is by MICHAEL DOUGHERTY & DAN HARRIS, story by BRYAN SINGER & MICHAEL DOUGHERTY & DAN HARRIS.  The director of photography is NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL A.S.C.; the production designer is GUY HENDRIX DYAS; the film is edited by JOHN OTTMAN and ELLIOT GRAHAM; the music is by JOHN OTTMAN; and the costumes are designed by LOUISE MINGENBACH.  The film is based upon Superman characters created by JERRY SIEGEL & JOE SHUSTER and published by DC Comics. 

Superman Returns will be released worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

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