Actor And Comedian Brad Garrett To Serve As Grand Marshal For Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 500


Emmy-award winning actor and the star of the FOX comedy "Til Death" Brad Garrett will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2008 Auto Club 500, Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced today.

"Brad has earned a legion of fans across the country and we're excited to have him as a part of the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR", said Zucker.  "Not only is he one of the most recognizable faces on TV, he's got one of the most distinctive voices in the entertainment industry."

A three-time Emmy award winner, Garrett will announce the, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command to the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in front of the live audience and millions of fans watching at home on FOX's race broadcast. 

Garrett currently plays the role of Eddie Stark on "Til Death".  Prior to his current series, Garrett earned five Emmy nominations, winning three for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Robert on the hit series "Everybody Loves Raymond".

NASCAR returns to Auto Club Speedway from February 22-24 for the Auto Club 500 weekend.  For more information about the race weekend at Auto Club Speedway, please visit  To purchase tickets to the Auto Club 500 weekend at Auto Club Speedway, please call 800-944-RACE or log on to  The 2008 Auto Club 500 weekend will mark the highly anticipated Southern California debut of the Car of Tomorrow and feature a special pre-race concert by blues-rock legends ZZ Top.  Fans are encouraged to come early to races and take advantage of all the attractions in the Opportunity, California FanZone including the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Show featuring a performance by George Thorogood and the Destroyers.  Opportunity, California FanZone is a multi-million dollar facility enhancement including delicious food at Apex by Wolfgang Puck, the Speedway's official retail store called Impulse, amazing sounds of live bands at the entertainment stage, and shade and leisure areas.

Auto Club Speedway is owned by International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events annually. For more information, visit the company's Web site at




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