SONOMA, Calif. - There will certainly be no shortage of Ernie Irvan memorabilia for fans at this year's Save Mart/Kragen 350 NASCAR Winston Cup event at Sears Point Raceway, June 22-25. Irvan, a native of Salinas who retired from NASCAR Winston...
SONOMA, Calif. - There will certainly be no shortage of Ernie Irvan memorabilia for fans at this year's Save Mart/Kragen 350 NASCAR Winston Cup event at Sears Point Raceway, June 22-25.
Irvan, a native of Salinas who retired from NASCAR Winston Cup racing last year, will be honored at the Save Mart/Kragen 350 as Grand Marshal. Irvan is a two-time winner at Sears Point Raceway.
Raceway officials will unveil a painting that was created by world-famous artist Stanley Mouse. Mouse is best known for the legendary art work he produced on album covers for the Grateful Dead, as well as many other famous Bay Area bands.
His work, specifically the combination of skull and roses for the Grateful Dead, is probably the single most famous visual image associated with a rock band. In addition, Mouse and his partner, Alton Kelley, also created the flying horse for a Steve Miller album cover and the scarab for Journey, two of the top bands to come out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Mouse now lives in Sonoma.
"It was a lot of fun creating this painting of Ernie," Mouse said. "I've done a lot of things in my life but this was my first entry into NASCAR racing. It's not typical of the work I've done in the past but I had a lot of fun with this and I'm really happy with the way it turned out."
The painting that Mouse created will be auctioned off at the Grand Marshal's Banquet on Friday, June 23. Proceeds from the auction will go to Speedway Children's Charities. More than 125 limited edition prints will also be created from the painting and be sold to the public. Portions of those proceeds will go to Speedway Children's Charities. All prints will be signed by Irvan and Mouse.
The painting features a shot of Irvan from his early days of racing with the rolling Sonoma Valley hills in the background. Images of the cars he drove to Victory Lane at Sears Point will also be featured.
In addition, T-shirts, posters and other memorabilia will be produced from the image and sold at the Save Mart/Kragen 350. Fans can also purchase memorabilia by going to www.motorsportsbymail.com.