Kevin James, who stars opposite Adam Sandler in Universal Pictures' new comedy, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 49th annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Series Cup race on Saturday, July 7 at Daytona International Speedway (TNT 6:30 pm ET). The film opens July 20.
James will give the command "Gentlemen, start your engines" in the NASCAR mid-summer classic. His Grand Marshal duties also include leading the 43-car field in the pace laps from the Grand Marshal Chevy Impala pace car.
"The Pepsi 400 is one of NASCAR's most exciting nighttime spectacles and we're excited to have Kevin James preside as Grand Marshal," said Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig. "Kevin James is one of Hollywood's top comedic actors and race fans will be anxiously awaiting his command."
James served as Executive Producer and star for nine seasons on the hit CBS sitcom "The King of Queens." He received an Emmy Award nomination for his role in the series. In 2005, James broke into the film world in the Columbia Pictures box-office hit feature film "Hitch" starring opposite Will Smith.
His voice was featured as the lead character, Otis, for the Nick Movies animated feature "The Barnyard." He also provided voice work as well as movement for Officer Landers in the motion-capture animated film "Monster House." James starred in "Sweat the Small Stuff," a one-hour comedy special for Comedy Central.
Recently, Kevin James and Ray Romano Executive Produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special "Making the Cut: Kevin James & Ray Romano." The documentary, which centered on attempting to make the cut at the annual Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament, was nominated for a Sports Emmy.
Tickets for any of the Pepsi 400 Weekend events, including the 49th annual Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 7, the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo on Friday, July 6 and the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Series race on Thursday, July 5, are available online at www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
About I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry: Adam Sandler (Click) and Kevin James (Hitch) team as two straight guys who stumble down the aisle with the best of intentions in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. Chuck Levine (Sandler) and Larry Valentine (James) are the pride of their fire station: two guy's guys always side-by-side and willing to do anything for each other. Salt-of-the-earth widower Larry wants just one thing: to protect his family. His buddy Chuck also wants one thing: to enjoy the single life.
Grateful Chuck owes Larry for saving his life in a fire, and Larry calls in that favor big time when civic red tape prevents him from naming his own two kids as his life insurance beneficiaries. All that Chuck has to do is claim to be Larry's domestic partner on some city forms. Easy. Nobody will ever know.
But when an overzealous, spot-checking bureaucrat becomes suspicious, the new couple's arrangement becomes a citywide issue and goes from confidential to front-page news. Forced to improvise as love struck newlyweds, Chuck and Larry must now fumble through a hilarious charade of domestic bliss under one roof. After surviving their mandatory honeymoon and dodging the threat of exposure, the well-intentioned con men discover that sticking together in your time of need is what truly makes a family.
Pepsi 400 Weekend: Tony Stewart will be hunting for a record third consecutive Pepsi 400 victory in this year's 160-lap, 400-mile event. The driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet will attempt to tie David Pearson's record of three straight Pepsi 400 wins (1972-74).
Also scheduled for the Pepsi 400 Weekend will be the sixth annual Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo NASCAR Busch Series race and Circle K Pole Qualifying Day for the Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Friday, July 6 and the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Series race on Thursday night, July 5.