TORONTO, Ont. – Canadian actor Dan Akroyd, the grand marshal of the Honda Indy Toronto, said he was pulled over for speeding on his way to the race.
Akroyd drew laughs when he said he had been stopped Sunday as he was “racing to the race.”
“You know when you see these races, you want to get into your vehicles and drive home and you do it trying to imitate the driver. That won’t be me this afternoon,” said the 59-year-old actor, adding the police officer let him off with a warning.
The Ottawa native, who was an original cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and famous for movies such as “Ghostbusters” and “The Blues Brothers,” also proposed changing the traditional race intro “Gentleman, start your engines” to “Drivers, start your engines.”
Akroyd is a member of the Order of Canada and has also been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his contributions to the entertainment industry.
Akroyd said he would be watching the Canadian and female drivers with interest but above all was hoping for a safe race.
“I’m hoping that I start a race safely and that it ends safely,” he said. “That the most skilled driver wins, that’s all that I can hope for today.”