Kristy Swanson Honorary Starter for Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (March 24, 2012)Kristy Swanson, best known for her role as Buffy in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer and currently appearing in USA Network’s American detective comedy-drama television series Psych, will serve as Honorary Starter for the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 25.

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

In addition to her acting skills, Swanson showed off her driving skills on Friday at Auto Club Speedway in the first-annual DRIVE4COPD Pro-Am Celebrity Racing Challenge to benefit the millions of Americans living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Swanson was the only female on the winning team which included Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, X Games medalist Todd Potter, actor Bill Fichtner and NFL and reality star Hank Baskett.

The team, coached by NASCAR driver Greg Biffle experienced a day in the life of a professional racecar driver culminating when participants donned fire race suits and competed in a qualifying event in an official NASCAR stock car provided by Rusty Wallace NASCAR® Racing School.

To see Kristy Swanson get racing underway at Auto Club Speedway or to purchase tickets to the Auto Club Speedway 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:  Auto Club 400 tickets start at $30 and AAA members receive Show Your Card & Save discounts, including a special section with half-priced tickets for kids 12 and under.  In addition to 5-wide racing, free parking, unbelievable menu items and a full weekend of entertainment, live music and fun await fans in the Speedway’s DiscoverIE FanZone.  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 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.  For more information on event lodging, visit the Hilton Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of Auto Club Speedway.

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