Emmy-Nominated Mindy Kaling to Lead Field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers at Auto Club Speedway

Star of The Mindy Project to drive Official NASCAR Pace Car for Auto Club 400, Sunday, March 23

FONTANA, Calif. (March 14, 2014) – Auto Club Speedway announced today that Mindy Kaling will be behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2014 Toyota Camry Pace Car as she leads the field of 43 stock cars before the start of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 23, at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET, televised on FOX.

Emmy Award-nominated Mindy Kaling is a quadruple-threat to be reckoned with. Kaling is an actor, writer, producer and director. She wears all these hats on the critically acclaimed series THE MINDY PROJECT.  Kaling, along with THE MINDY PROJECT’s creative staff, recently was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Best New Series for THE MINDY PROJECT. 

Kaling also starred as “Kelly Kapoor” on the Emmy Award-winning comedy “The Office.” Initially hired in 2004 as a writer and performer for the American version of the British cult hit, she wrote more than 18 episodes of the series, including “Niagara,” which scored her an Emmy nod. In 2009, she debuted as a director, with the episode “Subtle Sexuality,” and she subsequently was named an executive producer on the series.

“The Office” was nominated and won multiple awards, including: Writers Guild of America Awards, Television Critics Association Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Emmy Awards. Kaling was singled out when she was nominated for a 2008 Image Award in the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series category for the “Branch Wars” episode of “The Office.” The comedy was nominated for a 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Furthermore, Kaling and the creative staff were nominated for a 2010 Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television in the Comedy Series category.

Kaling has been featured on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 10 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood. She was twice featured on Rolling Stone’s Hot List: once in 2007 as Hot Hyphenate, for writing and acting on “The Office”; and then again in 2009 for Hot Network Hope. Also in 2009, she was featured as one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch.

Fans can take advantage of many Auto Club 400 weekend ticket offers starting as low as $35, in addition to ticket packages including appearances with NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon; special offers for AAA members; a first time fans package; and so much more.

In addition to top-notch live entertainment and a variety of Auto Club 400 ticket packages, fans 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 day of entertainment and fun at a fantastic family value. For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.

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About Auto Club Speedway:  Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, California, Auto Club Speedway is California’s premier motorsports facility, hosting over 320 days of track activity each year including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 weekend in March and the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships Finale weekend in August.  The two-mile D-shaped oval is one of the fastest tracks on the INDYCAR and NASCAR circuits.  The Speedway is also home to numerous movies, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. For more information on events at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.  For information on event lodging, visit the Hilton Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway.



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