Ashton Kutcher to Kick Off '05 NASCAR Race

02/02/2005 at 08:00 AM EST

Ashton Kutcher to Kick Off '05 NASCAR Race
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Ashton Kutcher, whose film credits include Dude, Where's My Car?, has been tapped as honorary starter for the 47th annual Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR has announced.

His role will be to wave the green flag to start the 43 Nextel Cup Series drivers in the 200-lap, 500-mile race.

"Being honorary starter for the Daytona 500 is great way to experience NASCAR and come together with more than 200,000 fans at the Super Bowl of racing," Kutcher, 26, said in a statement. No word on whether his companion, Demi Moore, will also attend.

"As a fan of NASCAR, I'm excited to be involved and to wave the green flag in NASCAR's signature event," the That '70s Show star added.

Participating (though not driving) in the race has long been a tradition for stars. Last year, Whoopi Goldberg served as honorary starter, while Mariah Carey sang the National Anthem and served as honorary starter in 2003.

Also last year, President George W. Bush and Ben Affleck served as the co-grand marshals – with the chief executive giving the starting command, "Drivers, start your engines."

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