Weatherman to Pace Irwindale Opener

Irwindale, Calif. - - He's promised a beautiful early Spring evening for NASCAR racing at Irwindale Speedway on Opening Saturday night March 25. And why not? He's L.A.'s most recognizable, most popular TV meteorologist, and he's been tapped to...

Irwindale, Calif. - - He's promised a beautiful early Spring evening for NASCAR racing at Irwindale Speedway on Opening Saturday night March 25. And why not? He's L.A.'s most recognizable, most popular TV meteorologist, and he's been tapped to drive the brand new Advantage Ford Mustang Pace Car for the track's second season opening night festivities.

"When Bob De Fazio (the track's GM) called and asked me to drive the pace car on opening night, I was flattered and accepted instantly. Then someone told me that Parnelli Jones had driven the pace car for the track's grand opening last year and I suddenly felt a little less sure of my driving prowess," said Raines. No need. Raines is a talented driver in his own right, having driven countless high performance vehicles for a number of high profile television shows and specials. He was just also invited to drive in this year's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race staged annually as part of the Grand Prix of Long Beach. "I'm excited and honored by both driving assignments, its going to be a great night at Irwindale."

Opening Night 2000 at Irwindale Speedway will feature a full compliment of NASCAR action and excitement with four divisions of stock cars all racing on the same evening. A 100-lap main event "The Home Depot 100 for Super Late Models" with a $15,000 purse will be a highlight of the night. Tickets for Opening Night (and for all of the Speedway's 2000 season events) are on sale now in three convenient ways: at the track's on-site box office Tuesday - Saturday, by phone at (626) 358-1100, and on the world wide web at: Tickets.com.

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Drivers Parnelli Jones