Watkins Glen, NY (August 7, 2002) - Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has been named the Honorary Starter for this weekend's Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race, Watkins Glen International and Sirius Satellite Radio...
Watkins Glen, NY (August 7, 2002) - Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has been named the Honorary Starter for this weekend's Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race, Watkins Glen International and Sirius Satellite Radio announced today. Kelly, the most recent inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will wave the green flag for the 43-car field, signaling the start of the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen. Kelly will wave the flag as a representative of the Hunter's Hope Foundation, which he established in honor of his son, Hunter.
Five-year-old Hunter has Krabbe's Disease, a crippling, enzyme disorder of the central and peripheral nervous system. Currently, there is neither a cure for Krabbe disease or other leukodystrophies nor successful treatments to reverse the damage caused to brain and nerve tissue. "I am incredibly honored to have been selected as the honorary starter for the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen," said Kelly. "I am a big fan of NASCAR racing and I'm excited to play such an important role in the weekend. To be here on behalf of Hunter's Hope Foundation, makes it even more special."
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Jim Kelly to Watkins Glen International," said track president Craig Rust. "Jim is a true football icon and has a wide following of fans that stretches outside of the State of New York. His work with Hunter's Hope Foundation is truly an inspiration and we are very pleased to have him join us for New York State's largest weekend spectator sporting event."
In his 11 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Kelly led the team to eight playoffs and four consecutive Super Bowls from 1990 to 1993. Kelly logged 35,467 yards passing and 237 touchdowns during his NFL career, leading the league in passing in 1990 and the AFC in 1991. He earned a spot in the Hall of Fame in just his first year of eligibility.
The 2002 Winston Cup Series takes over The Glen August 8-11 during the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen weekend featuring premier drivers such as four-time winner and defending champion Jeff Gordon. The excitement starts Friday with the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and is followed by the "Little Trees" 150 presented by Pepsi NASCAR Busch North Series on Saturday. Tickets for the 2002 season at Watkins Glen, including the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen, August 8-11, are still available. For tickets, camping, and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com. For the finest Watkins Glen International items and apparel, motorsports collectibles, and authentic NASCAR merchandise, diecasts and clothing, stop by The Shop at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607-535-2338.