“House” Star Hugh Laurie Named Grand Marshal For Auto Club 500 At Auto Club Speedway On Feb. 22


San Bernardino County, Calif. (February 12, 2009) – Emmy-nominated actor Hugh Laurie, the brutally honest doctor who combines an unconventional approach to his cases with flawless instincts in FOX's hit medical drama, "House" will serve as Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 22.

As Grand Marshal, Laurie’s role at one of the largest single-day sporting events in California, will be to give the command of “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines,” to the 43-car field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event televised on FOX.

Laurie has claimed two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of 'Dr. Gregory House,' in the critically acclaimed program.  He previously starred in a number of groundbreaking British television comedy series, including four seasons of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie," which he co-wrote for the BBC with Stephen Fry.

On March 27th, he will voice Dr. Cockroach Ph.D in Dreamworks’  "Monsters vs. Aliens" alongside Reese Witherspoon, Will Arnett and Seth Rogen.  "Monsters vs. Aliens" is DreamWorks Animation’s first InTru 3D Movie. A 2D version will also be available.

About Auto Club Speedway:  Auto Club Speedway is the premier Speedway in Southern California.  Hosting two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events as well as NHRA and AMA events, a day at Auto Club Speedway is a full day of excitement and entertainment that includes sponsor displays, live musical entertainment, great food and fun for the whole family. Enjoy the Speedway’s fan amenities, including escalators, shade structures and misting zones, souvenir shopping and quality restaurants.  To purchase tickets for as low as $35, visit the new autoclubspeedway.com or call 800-944-RACE (7223).

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