Food Network's Guy Fieri Named Grand Marshal of Toyota/Save Mart 350 Weekend in Sonoma SONOMA, Cailf. (June 2, 2008) -- Great food and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will come together as Food Network television star Guy Fieri has been named ...
Food Network's Guy Fieri Named Grand Marshal of Toyota/Save Mart 350 Weekend in Sonoma
SONOMA, Cailf. (June 2, 2008) -- Great food and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will come together as Food Network television star Guy Fieri has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.
Fieri, a resident of nearby Santa Rosa in the North Bay, rocketed to stardom on the Food Network after winning the title on the hit how, "The Next Food Network Star."
He has since hosted three popular programs, including "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and "Guy's Big Bite." Fieri is also a huge fan of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, having attended the annual event at Infineon Raceway for years.
"I could not be more excited and honored to be chosen as the Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in beautiful Sonoma County," Fieri said. "I am a huge fan of racing, and a true believer that Sonoma County is an epicenter of great food and wine, so you put the two together and you have a great recipe for an off-the-hook weekend."
"Guy's a long-time friend of the raceway's and a real local hero. His whole approach to life -- entertainment, good times and delicious food -- ties in perfectly with the festival atmosphere of our NASCAR weekend and we're delighted to have him join us as Grand Marshal," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway.
Fieri will be honored throughout the race weekend, most notably at the Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet on Friday night, June 20, at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. All proceeds from the banquet, which sells out each year, benefit Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Infineon Raceway.
Fieri will also attend the NASCAR driver's meeting on Sunday, take center stage during driver introductions and join the Northern California Toyota Dealers in giving the start command, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines," prior to the green flag dropping for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
Fieri, who began his culinary career at the age of 10 selling pretzels out of a mobile cart, owns four restaurants in Northern California, with a fifth due to open later this year. His first restaurant, Johnny Garlic's, offers up big bold flavors, while his second, Tex Wasabi's, is a fusion restaurant featuring everything from BBQ to sushi. All are located in Northern California.