LEGENDARY MOTORSPORTS WRITER SHAV GLICK TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL FOR AUTO CLUB 500 FONTANA, Calif. (February 9, 2006) --- California Speedway announced today that legendary motorsports writer Shav Glick -- who retired in January from the Los...
LEGENDARY MOTORSPORTS WRITER SHAV GLICK TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL FOR AUTO CLUB 500
FONTANA, Calif. (February 9, 2006) --- California Speedway announced today that legendary motorsports writer Shav Glick -- who retired in January from the Los Angeles Times -- will serve as Grand Marshal for the Auto Club 500 on February 26. The Auto Club 500 is the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR as the second race of the season for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, one week following the Daytona 500. At the race, Glick will give the "Drivers, start your engines" command to those in attendance and to a live television audience on Fox.
"The grand marshal position is part of the fabric of motorsports, as is Shav Glick," said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. "A true legend on the racing circuit, his 35 year career in journalism has brought new fans to NASCAR and California Speedway. We are honored that he's accepted the invitation to serve as grand marshal, which was extended by Bill France, Auto Club and California Speedway. It gives all motorsports fans a chance to publicly celebrate his tremendous contributions to racing."
A native Californian, Glick got his first byline in a daily newspaper in 1935 at the Pasadena Post -- he was 14 years old. In 1954, legendary publisher Otis Chandler recruited Glick to the Los Angeles Mirror, which became a part of the Los Angeles Times in 1963. In 1969, Glick began covering motorsports for the Times, retiring from that post in January of this year.
Glick has won countless awards in a career that has spanned nearly 70 years. In 2004, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He has won the Jim Murray Outstanding Journalist Award; STP/AARWBA Writing, Broadcast and Photography honors; and the AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award. He was only the fourth person in the 18-year history of the Motor Press Guild to receive a lifetime achievement award, and is a member of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
Glick continues a tradition of high-profile celebrities, athletes and Californians who have participated in or attended California Speedway's NASCAR events. In September 2005, television star Josh Duhamel served as Grand Marshal, with legendary LA Dodgers baseball manager Tommy Lasorda as honorary starter for the SONY HD 500. Magic Johnson served as the February 2005 Auto Club 500 Grand Marshal and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger waved the green flag, while American Idol judge Randy Jackson and members of the Black Eyed Peas were on hand for the February race. In 2004, the Labor Day race featured Brian McKnight singing the National Anthem, with special appearances by Lindsay Lohan and the rest of the "Herbie: Full Loaded" cast.
To purchase tickets for the 2006 Auto Club 500, contact the speedway ticket office at 800-944-RACE  or online at www.californiaspeedway.com.