Actor, producer and Alabama native Channing Tatum has been named grand marshal for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First at Barber Motorsports Park, race promoter ZOOM Motorsports announced today.
Tatum, whose credits include “Magic Mike,” “21 Jump Street” and “Hail, Caesar!” was born in Cullman, Alabama, about 60 miles north of the permanent road course outside Birmingham.
“I’m honored to be serving as the grand marshal for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama,” Tatum said. “I have always loved the excitement of a great race and it’s a privilege to be back in my home state for this event.”
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race weekend is set for April 20-22 and will be the fourth race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The schedule includes doubleheaders for Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires as well as IMSA’s Prototype Challenge and Porsche GT3 series.
“We are honored to have a world-class actor and Alabama native as our race grand marshal,” said George Dennis, president of ZOOM Motorsports. “Channing’s energy for racing is a perfect addition to a fun-filled weekend, and we’re excited for what is shaping up to be the best Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama yet.”
Tatum will go for a ride in the Honda two-seater that will help lead the field to the green flag. Former Indy car driver and current star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” Arie Luyendyk Jr. will be the driver.