Michigan Int'l Speedway news 2009-06-09

Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz Chosen as Honorary Starter; Schwartz to wave green flag for LifeLock 400 at MIS BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 9, 2009) - Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz will wave the green flag as Honorary Starter for...

Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz Chosen as Honorary Starter; Schwartz to wave green flag for LifeLock 400 at MIS

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 9, 2009) - Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz will wave the green flag as Honorary Starter for Sunday's LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Schwartz, who will begin his first season as the Lions' head coach this fall, not only loves football, but shares a love of NASCAR, as well.

"I'm a big NASCAR fan," he said. "So to be involved with the race, in the shadow of Detroit, The Motor City, is an absolute thrill. I've always been impressed with the incredible loyalty of NASCAR fans. They stick with their teams and drivers thru thick and thin. They have the same type of passion and loyalty Lions' fans have for our football team."

The honorary starter duties include waving the green flag to start the race. Schwartz will also receive a pace car ride from NASCAR's official pace car driver Brett Bodine and attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers' meeting with members of the Detroit Lions football team.

Among other dignitaries at Michigan International Speedway during the LifeLock 400 will be Detroit native Kid Rock, who will serve as grand marshal; Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry, who will serve as an honorary official and drive one of the pace cars; NCAA basketball champion with Duke University and Houston Rocket Shane Battier; John Beilein, University of Michigan head men's basketball coach; and TNA professional wrestlers Rhino (a Detroit, Mich. native) and Taylor Wilde.

Grand Marshal Kid Rock will give the command at 2:07 p.m. on Sunday, starting the LifeLock 400, followed by Schwartz, who will wave the green flag at 2:16 p.m.

The Army Chorus A Cappella Team will sing the national anthem; and Windsor, Ontario, Canada's own Amy Rivard, star of "Celtic Woman" and "Riverdance" will sing the Canadian national anthem.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It's the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

Great seats are available by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com. Michigan International Speedway -- It's your speed!

Michigan International Speedway's 2009 Schedule

Friday, June 12 ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing for Wildlife 200

Saturday, June 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Sunday, June 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400

Friday, Aug. 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Pole Day

Saturday, Aug. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250

Sunday, Aug. 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

-credit: mis

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Brett Bodine