Actor James Franco used an interesting choice of words as the Grand Marshal of the 55th running of the Daytona 500.

Jimmie Johnson won the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday.  It’s the second time that Johnson has won the Daytona 500 (his first victory was in 2006).  Johnson had struggled immensely in between his two victories.  His average starting finish at Daytona between 2007-2011 was in the 30s.

Danica Patrick ran up front the entire day.  She finished in 8th place.  She was running in 3rd place behind Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle on the final lap.  A great run by Dale Earnhardt Jr. shuffled Biffle back to 6th place and Danica Patrick back to 8th place.  However, it was still a very solid showing for Danica.

Actor James Franco began the Daytona 500 in a unique way.  Instead of saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines,” Franco opted to say, “Drivers, and Danica, start your engines.”

Some people are making a big deal out of this as if it’s a blatant sign of disrespect.  I took it as an actor simply trying to stand out, make a playful joke, and attempt to be funny.  I didn’t take it as a vicious attack.  It was a lame joke because Danica is also a driver, but I don’t see it as an offensive low blow.  Lame, but not low.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” weekdays from 1-3 pm ET on WTMM.

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