‘Transfomers 3’ Behind the Scenes Pics, plus NASCAR!

NASCAR stock cars will be official characters in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon.' I guess whole the franchise is going in circles now...

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

'Transfomers 3' Behind the Scenes Pics, plus NASCAR!

Do you love Transformers? Do you love NASCAR? Then get ready for geekgasms: CraveOnline just received a press release announcing that NASCAR stock cars won’t just be appearing in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, they’ll be full-fledged characters. The full press release is below, followed by new behind the scenes pictures of the latest Transformers movie featuring Shia LaBeouf climbing over what appears to be a life-sized replica of the Hunter/Killers from the Terminator franchise, and Michael Bay himself barking orders in front of one seriously over-compensatory NASA Space Shuttle.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The stars of “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon”– Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and director Michael Bay – will serve as the Grand Marshals for 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, airing at 12 p.m. ET on FOX.  As Grand Marshals, the TRANSFORMERS cast will deliver the four most famous words in motorsports – “Gentlemen, start your engines.”


In addition, the modified NASCAR stock cars featured in the movie will make their first public appearance by leading the 43-car field during the pace laps of “The Great American Race,” the kick-off event to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.


The Daytona 500 will not be Bay or TRANSFORMERS’ first introduction to the NASCAR world.  In 2009, Bay piloted the official pace car at a NASCAR Sprint Cup race to promote the DVD release of “TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen.”  NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman also took part, racing with branded images of opposing AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS on their cars and uniforms.  Bay credits his vision to include NASCAR stock cars in the new TRANSFORMERS film to this experience. 


“We’re honored to have the stars and director from this blockbuster film franchise “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon” serve as Grand Marshals of ‘The Great American Race,’” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.  “As an added bonus for our fans, three cars from the movie will be on location during Speedweeks and we all look forward to watching them lead the field for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on the newly paved racing surface.”


In the days leading up to the Daytona 500, race fans can view the TRANSFORMERS NASCAR stock cars at the Chevy Display located in the Midway outside Turn 4.


Tickets for Speedweeks 2011 events, including the 53rd annual Daytona 500, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.


Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway)



Photo Credit: Robert Zuckerman

Left to right: Shia LaBeouf, an unidentified stunt person, and director/executive producer Michael Bay on the set of Paramount Pictures’




Photo Credit: Robert Zuckerman
Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay on the set of Paramount Pictures’ TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON.