Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard Named Honorary Starter for Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (March 22, 2011) -  Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will serve as Honorary Starter for the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 27.

As Honorary Starter, Leonard will wave the green flag to get the Auto Club 400 underway.  The event will be televised at noon PT on FOX.

Race fans can also watch Leonard on the top rated program Dancing with the Stars.   The 2-hour Dancing with the Stars season premiere aired live on Monday, March 21 and airs Mondays (8/7c) and Tuesdays (9/8c) on ABC.

Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century whose very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a champion.  In 1976 Leonard took the boxing gold medal home in the Olympic Games and won his inaugural fight as a professional the following year.  In addition to the middleweight title, Leonard went on to win welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight titles. 

Leonard will release his first autobiography (Viking Books) entitled “THE BIG FIGHT: My Life In and Out of the Ring” on June 7, 2011.

To see Sugar Ray Leonard get racing underway at Auto Club Speedway or to purchase tickets to the Auto Club 400 race weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.


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About Auto Club Speedway
Look for some amazing racing when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 400 on March 27.  After October’s NSCS race, drivers, media and spectators proclaimed that race as possibly the best ever at Auto Club Speedway- five-wide racing at over 200 mph on the NASCAR circuit! 

Free parking, unbelievable menu items and a full weekend of entertainment, live music and fun await fans in the Speedway’s DiscoverIE FanZone. 

Auto Club 400 tickets start at $35 and AAA members receive Show Your Card & Save discounts, including a special section with half-priced tickets for kids 12 and under.  And don’t forget children 12 and under can sign up for the FREE Auto Club Speedway Lefty’s Kids Club membership to receive FREE admission on Friday and Saturday.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.

 

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