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When Amber Heard Served as the Grand Marshall at Daytona in 2011 Amidst Current Johnny Depp Scandal

Published 04/22/2022, 11:25 AM EDT

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The Budweiser Shootout at the Daytona International is a glamorous, star-studded, and non-point race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. And, there was some big news for the Budweiser Shootout in 2011.

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Amber Heard served as the Grand Marshall!


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Amber Heard Served as The Grand Marshall at The Budweiser Shootout

Actress Amber Heard, currently embroiled in a bitter defamation suit with superstar Johnny Depp, took the stage at the 33rd Annual Budweiser Shootout on Feb 12th, Saturday, 2011. In fact, she said the magic words that ring in every NASCAR fans’ head, “Gentleman, Start your engine”.

This was one of the most glamorous ways to start such an iconic race!


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Track President Joie Chitwood III said, “Every NASCAR fan is anxiously waiting for Amber Heard to say the four most famous words in motorsports as we begin a new chapter in Daytona’s history,” He added, “This year’s Budweiser Shootout will provide the first opportunity for fans to witness their favorite NASCAR drivers getting their first taste of the new asphalt.”

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There is no doubt that everyone enjoyed seeing the Aquaman actress at The Daytona International Speedway back in 2011. In fact, the race was also quite fun, and fans saw Kurt Busch drive to the Victory Lane.



Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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