June 28, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The stars of NASCAR and Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher will ascend upon the Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for Saturday, July 2.
Florida State’s second-year head coach will serve as the honorary Grand Marshal for Saturday’s race which kicks off the Independence Day holiday weekend. Fisher will give the famous command “Gentlemen Start Your Engines” and then lead the pack once around the track in the pace car to start the race.
The Coke Zero brand selected Coach Fisher for this honor, as Florida State will be one of many prominent schools featured in the brand’s fall program around college football rivalries.
“I’m extremely honored and excited,” Fisher said.”I’ve been a huge NASCAR fan my entire life. Being able to go to Daytona, where it all started in racing, is a very special privilege and something I’m really looking forward to. I consider this a great honor and I want to thank Coca-Cola and NASCAR for allowing me to represent Florida State.”
The Coke Zero 400 will be televised nationally on TNT at 7:30 p.m.
The Seminoles are coming off a 10-4 season – the first 10-win season since 2003, a Chick-fil-A Bowl championship, Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division Title and a season sweep of Florida and Miami all in Fisher’s first season in 2010.
Florida State, whose showing up ranked in the Top 8 nationally in most preseason polls, opens the regular season Sept. 3 against Louisiana-Monroe at home. Season tickets are available now by visiting Seminoles.com or by calling the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE. Single game tickets are on sale to the general public; however a single game sale is not anticipated for either the Oklahoma and Miami home games.