Brickyard 400 grand marshal named

ACTOR NOTH IS GRAND MARSHAL OF ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, July 24, 2006 -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway will get a touch of Hollywood for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, as actor Chris Noth was named July 24 as the ...

ACTOR NOTH IS GRAND MARSHAL OF ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, July 24, 2006 -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway will get a touch of Hollywood for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, as actor Chris Noth was named July 24 as the race's official grand marshal.

The 13th annual Allstate 400 at the Brickyard starts at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Aug. 6 and will be televised live on NBC.

Noth will participate in pre-race activities, including the waving of the green flag to signal the start of the race. By Indianapolis Motor Speedway family tradition, IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George will deliver the famous command, "Gentlemen, start your engines."

"As grand marshal, Chris Noth will be a great ambassador for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Allstate during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard," said Joie Chitwood, IMS president and chief operating officer. "He is a likeable and respected personality from TV and film work, so we're excited for him to be a part of the event."

Noth is perhaps best known from his roles as Detective Mike Logan on NBC's long-running crime dramas "Law & Order" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and Mr. Big from the hit HBO series "Sex & the City," for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. He recently starred and executive-produced the TNT Original film "Bad Apple," as well as starring as Roman general Pompey in the TNT epic miniseries "Caesar." Noth also enjoyed a successful Broadway run of the revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man." On the silver screen, Noth has been seen in such films as "Cast Away," "Double Whammy" and "Glass House."

"I'm a huge NASCAR fan, so it is a tremendous honor to be the grand marshal for this year's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard," Noth said. "However, this race is about more than just one person waving the green flag; it is all about a truly historic racetrack and the millions of loyal fans watching."

In April 2005, Allstate signed a multi-year agreement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the title sponsor for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, becoming the first company to title sponsor the annual NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at the world-famous speedway. Allstate also signed a multi-year deal, making the company the official auto, home and life insurance and retirement products sponsor of NASCAR.

Now celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of Allstate Insurance Company, The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®" slogan, Allstate helps individuals in approximately 17 million households protect what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow through approximately 14,100 exclusive agencies and financial professionals in the U.S. and Canada.

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Tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday, while online orders can be made at any time.

Reserved seats start at just $35.

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