Andy Garcia Named Grand Marshal for NASCAR’s West Coast Premiere – Auto Club 500

Andy Garcia

San Bernardino County, Calif. – (Feb. 19, 2010) – Actor, producer, director and composer/musician Andy Garcia will serve as Grand Marshal for NASCAR’s 2010 West Coast Premiere – the Auto Club 500 – on Sunday, Feb. 21.

As Grand Marshal, Garcia will give the command, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines,” to the 43-car field of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  The event will be televised at noon on FOX.

“I am honored to be asked to be the Grand Marshal,” said Garcia.  “I am anticipating what will prove to be an exhilarating day.”

The Emmy, Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen), stars in the upcoming comedy film City Island, with Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Steven Strait (10,000 BC), Dominik García-Lorido (The Lost City), Ezra Miller (“Californication”), Alan Arkin  (Little Miss Sunshine) and Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island).

Set in a quaint fishing community on the outskirts of New York City, City Island is a hilarious and touching tale about a family whose comfortable co-existence is upended by surprising revelations of past secrets and present day lies. Winner of the prestigious Audience Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, City Island spins a web of misrepresentations, misinterpretations and misunderstandings into a smart and charming comedy about a family that stops at nothing to avoid the truth. 

Be a part of history when Danica Patrick makes her West Coast NASCAR debut in the Stater Bros. 300 NNS event on Saturday, Feb. 20 for as low as $30.   Then come back for the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR – the Auto Club 500 NSCS event on Sunday, Feb. 21, for as low as $35, to witness four-time consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson attempt his record breaking fifth win at Auto Club Speedway.

With free admission for children 12 and under in effect for events on Friday and Saturday of race weekend, families experiencing Auto Club Speedway can also take advantage of free parking, bring in their own food, or partake in the unbelievable menu items on site as well as other cost-savings opportunities while enjoying a full weekend of entertainment and fun at the Speedway’s Opportunity, California FanZone.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit and be part of NASCAR history in Southern California.


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