Sen. Howard Baker Homestead Grand Marshal

MIAMI (Oct. 31, 2000) -- Howard H. Baker Jr., former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, will preside over opening festivities for the return of NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing to South Florida as the Grand Marshal for the Nov. 10-12 Pennzoil...

MIAMI (Oct. 31, 2000) -- Howard H. Baker Jr., former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, will preside over opening festivities for the return of NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing to South Florida as the Grand Marshal for the Nov. 10-12 Pennzoil 400 presented by Discount Auto Parts at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Senator Baker will give the famed command, "Gentlemen, start your engines" to the 43-car field

Senator Baker has returned to private life and the practice of law after serving in the United States Senate from 1967 until January of 1985, and as President Reagan's Chief of Staff from February 1987 until July of 1888. He resides in Huntsville, Tennessee, the place of his birth November 15, 1925.

In 1966, Senator Baker became the First Republican ever popularly elected to the United States Senate from Tennessee, and he won reelection by wide margins in 1972 and 1978

He first won national recognition in 1973 as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee. He was the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in 1976, and was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980. He concluded his Senate career by serving two terms as Minority Leader (1977-1981) and two terms as Majority Leader (1981-85).

Senator Baker was a delegate to the United Nations in 1976, and served on the President's Foreign Intelligence Board from 1985-87 and from 1988-90. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. He serves on the boards of the Forum of International Policy, The American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, and is an International Councilor for The Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He has received many awards including The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 1984 and the 1982 Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Performed by an Elected or Appointed Official. A noted photographer, Senator Baker received The American Society of Photographer's International Award in 1993, and was elected into The Photo Marketing Association's Hall of Fame in 1994. Senator Baker has published three books, No Margin for Error in 1980, Howard Baker's Washington in 1982, and Big South Fork Country in 1993.

Good seats are available for both races and may be ordered by calling the ticket office at (305) 230-RACE, by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, or order online at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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