IRL: Nazareth: Honorary starter named

"ER" star to wave the green at Nazareth. Nazareth, PA (August 22, 2003) - Movie and television star Anthony Edwards will serve as the honorary starter for this weekend's Firestone Indy 225 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series event at Nazareth ...

"ER" star to wave the green at Nazareth.

Nazareth, PA (August 22, 2003) - Movie and television star Anthony Edwards will serve as the honorary starter for this weekend's Firestone Indy 225 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series event at Nazareth Speedway. Edwards will wave the green flag on Sunday, August 24th, on behalf of the Cure Autism Now Foundation. Probably best knows for his role as Dr. Mark Greene on the television hit drama "ER", Edwards has also appeared in numerous films, including the ever-popular Top Gun, where he starred as "Goose", the quirky co-pilot of "Maverick", played by Tom Cruise.

"We are very excited to welcome Anthony Edwards to Nazareth Speedway," track President Craig Rust said. "Anthony's work with Cure Autism Now is truly an inspiration and we are pleased to have him join us on Nazareth Speedway's biggest event weekend."

Along with his acting duties, Edwards plays an active role in the Cure Autism Now Foundation, where he sits on the Board of Directors. Edwards heads up the "ER Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting Cure Autism Now", where several "ER" personalities, along with a number of other celebrities, are brought together to help raise money for the Foundation.

"I am incredibly honored to have been selected as the honorary starter for the Firestone Indy 225," Edwards said. "I enjoy auto racing and I'm excited to play such an important role in the weekend. To be here on behalf of Cure Autism Now makes it even more special."

The chase for the IRL IndyCar Series Championship takes center stage at Nazareth Speedway as the fastest growing open-wheel series in the United States returns to the Lehigh Valley, August 22-24. Will the new Andretti Green Racing entry, with car owner and Nazareth native Michael Andretti, dethrone two-time IRL champ Sam Hornish Jr.? Or, will Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran fend off Sarah Fisher, Scott Sharp and Al Unser Jr. for the crown? Find out August 22-24 when Indy racing returns to Nazareth. The action-packed weekend is capped off with the USAC Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget Series' races. Tickets for all three days are still available, with Sunday tickets starting at just $40.

For tickets and additional information, please contact the Nazareth Speedway ticket office at 1-888-629-RACE(7223) or online at www.nazarethspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Mark Green , Tom Cruise , Sam Hornish Jr.