The movie star is expected to be in the pace car at the start of the Daytona 500 race in Florida.
The NASCAR fan recently revealed he once got the chance to really race around the track, while he was making Days of Thunder in the late 1980s.
He said, "My personal Daytona was getting up close to 200 miles per hour (and) personally driving around the track one afternoon. Having that opportunity to drive those cars on the track and meet those drivers... I loved it."
Continue reading: Cruise To Return To Daytona For 500 Race
Tom Cruise will always cherish his track days on the set of racing film Days of Thunder - because he was actually allowed to hit speeds of up to 200 miles per hour in NASCAR vehicles.Of all his films, the star admits he'll always have a soft spot for the 1990 movie in which he played Cole Trickle - especially the scenes he filmed at the Daytona International Speedway mecca in Florida.
He explains, "My personal Daytona was getting up close to 200 miles per hour (and) personally driving around the track one afternoon.
"Having that opportunity to drive those cars on the track and meet those drivers... I loved it."
LATEST: Tony Soprano's Chevrolet Suburban SUV and Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder stock car are among the movie memorabilia items that failed to sell at a two-day auction last week (02-03Aug07).
Both vehicles were removed from the Profiles In History sale when bidding failed to reach their reserve prices.
The Sopranos vehicle was expected to fetch between $30,000 (GBP15,000) and $50,000 (GBP25,000), while bidding on the Cruise car failed to hit $40,000 (GBP20,000).
And they weren't the only motors which stalled at the auction - an original screen-used General Lee car from The Dukes Of Hazzard TV show also failed to sell.
Profiles In History spokesman Brian Chanes says, "We have no explanation. We've sold the Knight Rider car here and (TV detective) Magnum's Ferrari but these vehicles didn't sell. At present there's no word as to whether we'll attempt to sell them at a later auction."
Tony Soprano's Chevrolet Suburban SUV and Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder stock car are among the movie memorabilia items that will be auctioned off as part of a two-day sale in August (07).
The Sopranos vehicle is expected to fetch between $30,000 (GBP15,000) and $50,000 (GBP25,000) when it goes under the hammer at the Profiles In History auction in Los Angeles on 2 August (07), while bidding on the Cruise car will start at $40,000 (GBP20,000).
Other highlighted items at the auction include an original screen-used General Lee car from The Dukes of Hazzard TV show, the original Johnny-Five robot from the films Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2 and Star Wars wookie Chewbacca's head.
More controversial sale items include Marilyn Monroe's prescription medication bottles and pillbox and illusionist Harry Houdini's personal Mattatuck Handcuffs.
A scene from the 1979 hit Rocky II where Sylvester Stallone's character knocks out APOLLO CREED has been voted the best film sporting moment of all time.
Second place in the poll by movie advertising giants Pearl + Dean went to DANIEL LARUSSO's 'crane' kick in THE KARATE KID. In third place was Adam Sandler's winning golf shot in Happy Gilmore.
More than 3,000 cinema fans voted in the poll.
Pearl + Dean spokeswoman KATHRYN JACOB says, "Rocky is the ultimate sports film series so it's no surprise that it has been a knock-out in this poll.
"We reckon 60-year-old Sylvester Stallone would floor The Karate Kid in a real fight too, crane or no crane."
The top ten is as follows:
1. ROCKY knocks out Apollo (ROCKY II)
2. DANIEL LARUSSO assumes the Crane technique stance (THE KARATE KID)
3. HAPPY GILMORE'S winning shot against SHOOTER MCGAVIN (HAPPY GILMORE )
4. Jake La Motta'S final bout with SUGAR RAY ROBINSON (Raging Bull)
5. HAROLD ABRAHAMS completes race before clock strikes 12 (Chariots of Fire )
5. ROCKY'S Siberian mountain training (ROCKY IV)
7. PELE'S overhead kick (ESCAPE TO VICTORY)
7. JESS BHAMRA scores in the cup final (Bend It Like Beckham)
9. COLE TRICKLE wins the DAYTONA 500 (Days of Thunder)
10. EDDIE FELSON'S rematch with MINNESOTA FATS (The Hustler).
LATEST: Tom Cruise's producing partner Paula Wagner is furious with the treatment the pair have received from Paramount Pictures and insists they were the ones who turned their back on the studio after failing to reach an agreement regarding their contract.
The studio yesterday (22AUG06) announced it was severing ties with the pair after 14 years, citing Cruise's "unacceptable" offscreen behaviour, which included promoting his relationship with Katie Holmes and his beliefs in Scientology.
Wagner says, "We had ceased negotiations. I'm not sure why this happened. You need to respect your artists.
"I don't understand why this would be turned into a personal attack. Because that's what it is."
Wagner says the pair were planning to strike out on their own and have raised a revolving fund of $100 million (GBP56 million) from two hedge funds to establish an independent production company.
Cruise had been a lucrative asset for the studio in the past with his films grossing more than $2.5 billion (GBP1.4 billion) for Paramount.
According to sources close to Viacom chairman SUMNER REDSTONE, who owns Paramount, the studio estimated that Cruise's uncensored offscreen antics were thought to have cost the studio $150 million (GBP83 million) in lost box office receipts for MISSION: Impossible III.
Top Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who has made several movies with Cruise including Top Gun and Days of Thunder, has come to the star's defence.
He says, "He's as viable an actor as he always was. He's a worldwide star and a lot of people want to work with him, including me."
Nicole Kidman has discovered one major downside of her Hollywood career - her children speak with American accents.
And while she wishes her children - ISABELLA and CONNOR - would develop an Australian twang, she's relieved they've developed a close connection to their mother's homeland.
Continue reading: Kidman Wants Her Kids To Sound Aussie
Rapper 50 CENT has had his face emblazoned on a racing car.
The IN DA CLUB star is sponsoring driver STEVE HODBAY's racecar at an upcoming Days of Thunder meeting at the ROCKINGHAM RACEWAY in Northamptonshire, England.
And Hobday decided to thank 50 by plastering his image across the bonnet of his car.
Continue reading: 50 Cent Goes Racing
The film might not be the first movie to spring to mind as a Christmas classic, but Ferrell has made a tradition to watch it before lunch every year.
He explains, "My favourite Christmas movie is Days of Thunder, the NASCAR movie. I loved the message about trying to drive as fast as you can in a circle which is really very symbolic!
Continue reading: Ferrell Picks Days Of Thunder As Xmas Must-See Movie
The actress previously starred alongside her famous ex in Days of Thunder - after which the pair married - FAR AND AWAY and in Stanley Kubrick's sexually explicit Eyes Wide Shut, but ruled out another collaboration after fearing for the "sanctity" of their marriage, which eventually ended in 2001.
Continue reading: Kidman: Cruise And I Would Have Never Made Another Movie Together
There's very much a strength of conviction in remaining what you were, but arguably more so in becoming what you want to be.
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.
Guns N' Roses were detained at the Canadian border last week for gun possession but they're adamant the weapon didn't belong to them.
The show is up for 12 awards altogether.
Benedict Cumberbatch's success elsewhere could prove to be bad news for the show.
Gene Simmons has poured cold water on rumours the original KISS line up will reunite.