Kate Upton Is Grand Marshal At This Year’s Daytona 500

Kate Upton, the model who appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue this year, was the star of the show at the Daytona 500 pre-race press conference.

Kate Upton and Jane Lynch, her co-star in the upcoming “Three Stooges” movie, will tell drivers at the Daytona 500 to rev up their engines for the race and gushed about the opportunity to be the grand marshal at NASCAR’s premiere event. She’s a rising star who is beginning to make her mark on the nation.

In fact, she became the second-youngest model to ever win the Swimsuit issue’s cover this year. Most models wait their entire modeling careers to land such a gig and she’s still only a teenager. The magazine has made her an overnight sensation and viral marketing magnet.

Upton has already appeared in a rather provocative ad for MLB 2K12 dubbed “Finger Mechanics.” She’s not only booming in the modeling industry, she’s capturing the hearts of athletes and sports fans everywhere.

The drawbacks of having Upton at the Daytona 500?

Well, I can’t think of many, but there is the possibility of drivers forgetting to take off from the starting line, transfixed on the beauty standing before them. I honestly wouldn’t blame any of them if that happened.

It wasn’t a surprise that Upton landed the cover and it’s not a surprise that she’s making her way to major sporting events.

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