James Franco doesn't think Danica Patrick is a driver

Jonathan Ferrey

James Franco had one job, and he managed to mess it up.

James Franco had one job. As the designated dude that gives the instruction for Daytona 500 drivers to start their engines, all he had to do was say a few words. The phrase is simple: "gentlemen, start your engines." And it needed to be tweaked a bit because Danica Patrick, who earned the pole position, is not a gentleman.

Except, you know, Franco botched it. He probably meant to say, "Gentlemen, and Danica, start your engines." It didn't come out right, though, and Franco implied Danica isn't even a driver. Watch:

So that's Franco blurting out, "Drivers, and Danica, start your engines." And that's definitely not the correct phrase -- you see, it implies she isn't a driver or can't drive.

We'll chalk this up to a brain fart, but that sure didn't look great on national television. The Daytona 500: not off to such a great start.

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