Michael Strahan Named Grand Marshal

Football star and SUBWAY® representative set to race

Michael Strahan
Thursday, April 2, 2009

Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan - who holds the NFL’s record for most sacks in a single season - has been named Grand Marshal for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 18, PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced.

Strahan, a SUBWAY® national spokesperson and a NFL analyst for FOX, will work in conjunction with Sperber in welcoming fans, drivers, and teams to Phoenix for the first official night race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. In addition, Strahan will utter the most famous words in racing, giving the command of: “Gentlemen, start your engines!”

“I really appreciate the opportunity to be part of such an exciting event with my friends at SUBWAY,” said Strahan. “My old team won the big game in Phoenix back in 2008, so I am happy to be headed back to the desert for another great experience. I look forward to cheering on my new SUBWAY teammate, Carl Edwards, at the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™.”

Strahan, who was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year in both 2001 and 2003, retired after helping the Giants to an improbable 17-14 Super Bowl XLII triumph over the undefeated New England Patriots in Glendale, Ariz. on February 3, 2008. He was named to the Pro Bowl roster seven times in his career.

“We’re extremely pleased to announce someone of Michael Strahan’s enormous accomplishment level as Grand Marshal for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™,” Sperber said. “We look forward to welcoming Michael to Phoenix on race weekend and having him join our team in creating a festive and exciting atmosphere for all of the race fans in attendance.”

Tickets for the events of the April NASCAR event weekend at PIR can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).

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