Hight Named Grand Marshal of March Meet Auto Club/John Force Racing Driver Will Preside Over 49th Year of Racing at Auto Club Famoso Raceway BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2007) -- Robert Hight, NHRA's 2005 Rookie of the Year, will serve as...
Hight Named Grand Marshal of March Meet
Auto Club/John Force Racing Driver Will Preside Over 49th Year of Racing at Auto Club Famoso Raceway
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2007) -- Robert Hight, NHRA's 2005 Rookie of the Year, will serve as Grand Marshal of the March Meet when the event returns to Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Mar. 9-11. Hight, who finished second in last year's Nitro Funny Car Division of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, will reign over the jewel of nostalgia drag racing as drivers from across the country compete in 14 classes.
His Automobile Club of Southern California and Castrol-sponsored 7,000 horsepower Ford Mustang will be on display all weekend at the extensive Auto Club display near the pits. Hight will be signing autographs on both Saturday and Sunday. When he's not signing autographs, he'll be having fun at the family-oriented meet with his wife Adria and daughter Autumn. Adria is also involved in motor sport. She's not only Hight's wife, she's John Force's eldest daughter.
The 36-year-old Hight, who began his 2006 season with a win at the Winternationals, made it to the final round at the Southern Nationals, only to lose to Tony Pedregon. At the following race in Joliet, Ill., he lost to Force in the final round, but took his second victory of the season in the prestigious U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis. Hight also made it to the final round at the Nationals in Mohnton, Pa. and clinched a victory at the Fall Nationals in Ennis, Tex. He finished just 112 points behind his team owner, John Force.
Tickets to the March Meet are available online and will also be available at the gate during the event. A three-day pass is $75. Tickets for Friday are $25, Saturday and Sunday are $30 each day. Auto Club members can show their cards and save on the daily admission tickets.
The Kern County Racing Association (KCRA) operates historic Auto Club Famoso Raceway (just north of Bakersfield, Calif.) and promotes a full schedule of races year round, including the world famous March Meet. Now in its 49th year of racing, the March Meet, Mar. 9-11, 2007, is the recognized Mecca of Nostalgia Drag Racing. For more details, visit www.famosoraceway.com.
-credit: Automobile Club of Southern California