CRUZ NAMED HONORARY PACE CAR DRIVER
UFC® CHAMPION DOMINICK CRUZ NAMED HONORARY PACE CAR DRIVER AT MARCH 4 SUBWAY FRESH FIT 500™
PHOENIX – UFC® bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will be among the headline attractions during the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on Sunday, March 4 at Phoenix International Raceway. It was announced today by track President Bryan R. Sperber, that Cruz was named Honorary Pace Car Driver for the race.
“Dominick is a true Arizona success story and we are proud of the style and class with which he represents our entire region,” said Sperber. “We are excited to have him headline the weekend activities that kickoff the start of the 2012 NASCAR season at PIR.”
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Cruz, 26, has ascended to the top of his profession, compiling a 19-1-0 professional record that includes wins over the likes of Demetrious Johnson, Urijah Faber, Scott Jorgensen, Joseph Benavidez and Brian Bowles. Cruz and Faber will face each other as opposing coaches in the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter Live®” premiering on FX before squaring off in the Octagon® for the third time following the program’s season finale.
“Having been a long-time fan of PIR and NASCAR, I am honored to be part of one of the most exciting sporting events in the Phoenix area,” said Cruz. “Similar to whenever I step into the ring, these drivers go out there and put it all on the line to win the race and give the fans a great show.”
Cruz will participate in pre-race ceremonies and will make appearances onsite at PIR on Sunday, March 4. Additional information on race weekend activities is available on Phoenix International Raceway’s official website at www.phoenixraceway.com.
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