September 24, 2015

Academy Award-nominee Rosie Perez to be grand marshal for Oct. 4 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race

AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Remy named honorary starter; X Ambassadors’ Harris to sing national anthem

Rosie Perez, an Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress and choreographer, has been named the grand marshal for the “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 4.

New RosiePerez will give the command for the drivers to start their engines in what will be event No. 3 in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Four of the 16 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be eliminated following the drop of the checkered flag at the Monster Mile.

In addition, Diane Remy, the executive vice president of product and service distribution for AAA Mid-Atlantic, will serve as the honorary starter for the “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup race, waving the green flag on the field.

Prior to the start of the race, Sam Harris, the lead singer of alternative rock band X Ambassadors, will sing the national anthem. X Ambassadors, whose credits include the chart-topping single “Renegades,” will perform a free concert in Dover International Speedway’s Victory Plaza before the race.

After making her film debut in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” in 1989, Perez had starring roles in Ron Shelton’s “White Men Can’t Jump,” and Peter Weir’s “Fearless,” where she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Perez can next be seen opposite David Oyelowo in “Five Nights in Maine” which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Perez also earned three Emmy nominations for her work as a choreographer on the television sketch comedy series “In Living Color.”

Recently, Perez returned to Broadway as one of the stars in Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark.” Perez previously found theatre success with “The Ritz” and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.” She also received critical acclaim for her directorial debut, “Yo Soy Boricua Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas,” a documentary which celebrates Puerto Rican pride.

NASCAR’s playoffs — the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup — is a 10?race culmination to the season that crowns a battle?tested champion. Starting with a 16?driver field, four drivers will be eliminated after every three races, setting up a “winner take all” championship showdown at Homestead?Miami Speedway Sunday, Nov. 22 (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM). The top finisher among the Championship 4 in Miami will win the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Dover International Speedway will host the first elimination race of the Chase, the “AAA 400” on Sunday, Oct. 4 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

The “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup race is the centerpiece of another tripleheader weekend at the Monster Mile. Dover International Speedway is also hosting the “Hisense 200” NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 3, and the “Drive Sober 125” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Oct. 2.

For tickets or more information, call 800?441?RACE or visit You can also keep up with the Monster Mile at, or on Twitter at @MonsterMile and Instagram at @MonsterMile.



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