BUSCH: California Speedway names grand marshal

California Speedway Welcomes Sammy Hagar as the Stater Bros. 300 Grand Marshal and Auto Club 500 Pre-Race Show Live on FOX SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. -- Fontana's own legendary rocker, Sammy Hagar, will return home, and serve as Grand Marshal...

California Speedway Welcomes Sammy Hagar as the Stater Bros. 300 Grand Marshal and Auto Club 500 Pre-Race Show Live on FOX

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. -- Fontana's own legendary rocker, Sammy Hagar, will return home, and serve as Grand Marshal of the Stater Bros. 300 NASCAR Busch Series on February 24, 2007 at California Speedway. In addition to giving the drivers command to "Start you engines", Hagar will rev-up fans when he performs Thursday night at the free "Fontana Racefest" and again Sunday prior to the Auto Club 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race live on FOX.

"Sammy Hagar is a local icon and his legendary song, "I Cant Drive 55" couldn't be a more perfect fit for NASCAR. His free performance at Fontana Race Fest is a great way to kick off our most action-packed, highly entertaining race weekend ever" said track president Gillian Zucker. Hagar's appearance and performances are all part of NASCAR's West Coast premiere for the 2007 season. The California Speedway will host the kickoff of NASCAR racing on the West Coast with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series San Bernardino County 200 (Friday, February 23), the NASCAR Busch Series Stater Bros. 300 (Saturday, February 24) and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Auto Club 500 (Sunday, February 25).

Hagar, the former singer and songwriter for Van Halen began his music career in 1973 with the group Montrose on their debut and sophomore albums, including the Hagar-penned song "Bad Motor Scooter". After difficulties with the band's founder, Ronnie Montrose, during a European tour, Sammy departed from the group with bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi. He then began recording and touring solo. Hagar enjoyed hits such as "Heavy Metal", "Three Lock Box", and perhaps his best-known song "I Can't Drive 55", a protest against the federally-imposed speed limit of 55 miles per hour on all U.S. highways. (The law was increased on certain roads in 1987, and repealed in 1995; the song was updated for NASCAR television broadcasts in 2001.)

After Van Halen parted ways with popular vocalist David Lee Roth, Hagar joined the remaining members of the band as lead singer. Van Halen produced four multi-platinum albums along with several number one hit songs. In 1996 Hagar put together a new solo band called The Warboritas and last year the band went on tour.

Along with selling over 60 million records and a long list of hits, Hagar is an extremely successful entrepreneur. He is founder of the 'rockin club and restaurant, Cabowabo Cantina of Course in Cabowabo, Mexico, and a producer of one of the premium tequilas, Cabowabo Tequila.

Other entertainers fans can see up close during the Auto Club 500 weekend include: the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage will be open to fans with a Weekend Pit Pass and a ticket to the San Bernardino County 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday, February 23, "The Kevin Costner Band" and Kevin Costner as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Grand Marshal, Metal Mulisha superstars Brian Deegan, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Jeff "Ox" Karagola and Todd Potter and don't forget the Sea Lion Exhibit set up by Moss Landing Marine Laboratories at the Opportunity, California FanZone. Race Fans can now be a part of the all-new multi- million dollar facility enhancement, Opportunity, California FanZone. The Opportunity, California FanZone includes delicious food at Apex by Wolfgang Puck, the Speedway's official retail store called Impulse, and amazing sounds of live bands at the entertainment stage.

Tickets for the Auto Club 500 weekend are going fast! To purchase your tickets call 800-RACE [7223] or visit racetickets.com or www.californiaspeedway.com.

-credit: cs

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