Homestead: Greg Norman to be honorary starter

Greg Norman to Serve as Honorary Starter of Ford 400 MIAMI, FL 11/14/02 - World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman will serve as the Honorary Starter of the Ford 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway this ...

Greg Norman to Serve as Honorary Starter of Ford 400

MIAMI, FL 11/14/02 - World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman will serve as the Honorary Starter of the Ford 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Sunday, November 17.

Norman will be on hand as NASCAR will crown a new champion. Tony Stewart and Mark Martin are the only two drivers left who can win the title. Both drivers are seeking their first NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.

As honorary starter, Norman will wave the green flag to start the race featuring 43 of the world's best drivers while the command to start engines will come from Ford 400 Grand Marshal Jim O'Connor, Ford Motor Company group vice president for North America Marketing, Sales and Service.

Tickets are still available for the Ford 400 by calling 305-230-RACE or by visiting www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com. The Great White Shark, as a newspaper editor dubbed him during his first appearance in the Masters Tournament in 1981, has amassed an incredible 86 professional victories including 20 on the PGA Tour. He has won two British Open Championships (1986 at Turnberry and 1993 at Royal St. George's); was a five-time Byron Nelson Award Winner (for lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour); was the 1995 PGA Tour Player of the Year; and held the No. 1 world ranking for 331 weeks, a record that still stands today.

He is the only golfer in history to earn the distinction of being a lifetime member of the U.S. PGA Tour, the European Tour and the Australasian PGA Tour. Although the books have not yet closed on Norman's athletic career, his business portfolio is quickly becoming as impressive as his playing record.

He serves as chairman and CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises, a multinational corporation that comprises a number of companies and divisions including Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Medallist Developments (residential real estate development), the Greg Norman Collection (apparel), Greg Norman's Australian Grille, Greg Norman Turf, Greg Norman Interactive (Shark.com), the Franklin Templeton Shootout, Greg Norman Estates Wines, Norman Expedition Yachts and various licensing and merchandising agreements.

He is one of only a handful of marquee athletes who have transcended their sport by developing careers beyond the playing field. Although his career on the course earned Hall of Fame status, his work off the links brings the same satisfaction.

Norman and his wife, Laura, were married July 1, 1981, and have two children, Morgan-Leigh (10/5/82) and Gregory (9/19/85).

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Mark Martin