James Franco ponders his command for Danica 500

What will James Franco say at the start of the Daytona 500?

The Oscar-nominated actor is giving drivers the command to fire

up their machines, a duty that is normally carried out with the

most famous words in racing: ”Gentlemen, start your engines.”

Of course, this year is different. Danica Patrick will be the

first woman to start from the pole in a Cup race, so Franco sounds

like he’s planning an audible.

We’ll see if he goes with the command that was used when Patrick

raced in the Indianapolis 500, ”Lady and gentlemen, start your


Of course, you never know what Franco has up his sleeve.

– Paul Newberry – http://www.twitter.com/pewberry1963

EDITOR’S NOTE – ”Daytona 500 Watch” shows you the Daytona 500

and events surrounding the race through the eyes of Associated

Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter.