Canadian actor and comic Dan Aykroyd will be the 2011 Grand Marshal at the Honda Indy Toronto - pictured here during the driver introductions on Sunday, July 10, 2011. I also found out that not only does he make fantastic wines, he is produces Crystal Head vodka.
From the Honda Indy Toronto “The multi-talented Aykroyd is a comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician and winemaker. He has had an extensive career that includes his role as an original cast member on Saturday Night Live, creator of The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters. An
Ottawa native, Aykroyd was made a member of the Order of Canada and has been inducted into ’s Walk of Fame, honouring him for his contributions to the entertainment industry. Canada
“I’m delighted to be a part of an event with so much history,” said Aykroyd. “I’m a long-time race fan and very proud to be Canadian. It’ll be nice to come home and take in a spectacular day of racing.”
The famous actor will be the 2011 ambassador for the IndyCar race and will shout out the “drivers, start your engines” announcement that gets the race started. Last year Greg Kinnear, in town for filming of the Kennedy’s mini-series, was Grand Marshall and the year before that was Gene Simmons of Kiss fame.
Tickets to the 2011 Honda Indy Toronto, which takes place July 8-10, are available now online at www.hondaindytoronto.com/tickets or by phone at 1-877-503-6869. IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani with a pair of Sunshine Girls at the 2010 Honda Indy Toronto Street Party pictured above.