Larry King to be The Sprint Unlimited Grand Marshal

Journalist to serve as Co-Grand Marshal, wife Shawn King to sing National Anthem

Legendary television and radio journalist Larry King will serve as Co-Grand Marshal of The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, Feb. 15 while his wife, singer Shawn King, will perform the National Anthem.

Larry King will deliver the starting command, “Drivers, start your engines,” alongside two race fans that will be selected earlier in day to serve as Co-Grand Marshals.

“We are excited to welcome Larry and Shawn King to the ‘World Center of Racing’ to participate in the pre-race ceremonies for The Sprint Unlimited,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Larry is an iconic newsman and we’re looking forward to his command alongside two race fans. We are also delighted to have his wife Shawn King deliver a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.”

Larry King, who started his radio career in Florida, has been a household name for decades with his nightly coast-to-coast talk show “The Larry King Show” and his international TV call-in show “Larry King Live.” He is also known for his voice work for animated films such as “Shrek 2,” “Shrek the Third” and “Bee Movie.” Additionally, King has written several popular books including “How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere” and his candid, tell-all book “Truth Be Told.”

Shawn King grew up in the entertainment business, starting her singing and acting career at the age of three. Since then, she has guest-starred in many films and primetime television shows, co-hosted “The Spectacular World of Guinness Records” and hosted the weekly entertainment news show “Hollywood Insider.” In September 2005, she released a country album titled “In My Own Backyard.”

The Co-Grand Marshals that will give the starting command alongside Larry King are part of the 1,000+ prizes that will be awarded to race fans on property throughout Speedweeks. Fans can register at the Daytona Reward Stations powered by Windows located in the Sprint FANZONE, the Midway outside Turn 4 and in front of the Daytona International Speedway ticket and tours building. Fans can also pre-register online at prior to arriving at the track.


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