• 'Passion' Actor and Ad Participate in Daytona 500
    Driver Bobby Labonte, (below) in his number 18 Chevrolet racecar, sponsored by the controversial movie, 'Passion of the Christ' and Interstate batteries practices for the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida February
February 18, 2004|3:51 am

President George W. Bush wasn’t the only big name at 46th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb.15, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. James Caviezel, the actor who played the role of Jesus in the upcoming movie The Passion of the Christ, spent the some time in the pit of NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte. During the race, Labonte drove his number 18 Chevrolet racecar with an ad for the The Passion on the hood.

"Just consider it as a life insurance policy," Caviezel said.

Dale Earnhardt Junior was the race winner of the Daytona 500 on Sunday and continued his winning streak with the Hershey's Kisses 300 Busch-Series race on Monday.

“I had a great time,” Caviezel said during an interview Monday.