Olympic 1500m freestyle Gold medallist and Gold Coast resident Grant Hackett has been named "Grand Marshall" for this weekend's Honda Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast. Hackett arrived in Melbourne today for the Australian Short ...
Olympic 1500m freestyle Gold medallist and Gold Coast resident Grant Hackett has been named "Grand Marshall" for this weekend's Honda Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast.
Hackett arrived in Melbourne today for the Australian Short Course Championships and will fly back to the Gold Coast first thing on Sunday morning to carry out his official duties for what is the penultimate round of the FedEx Championship Series.
Fans will have the chance to cheer Hackett as he does a lap of the circuit in a Honda NSX and he assists in the pre-race build-up.
"Many people know I am a huge motorsport fan and it will be terrific to be involved in this year's Honda Indy 300 in such a capacity," said Hackett.
"There is no doubt that the race is going to be terrific and I guess I won't have a better chance to get this close to the action.
"I would like thank the Indy organisation for giving me this chance to be involved in what is one of my favourite events of the year."
Honda Indy 300 General Manager, Mr Geoff Jones, was delighted that Hackett accepted the event's invitation to be this year's Grand Marshall.
"Grant thrilled us all with his swim in Sydney and this us our way of paying tribute to his efforts," said Jones.
"The fact that he is a Gold Coast and Queensland athlete makes it all that much more special.
"Grant's attendance will further enhance the Honda Indy 300 as a unique Australian event, especially now with Jason Bright making his Champ Car debut here this weekend."
Other people to have been named Grand Marshall during the previous nine years of the event have included Australian 500cc motorcycle superstar Mick Doohan and three-time formula one champion Jack Brabham.