Pat Summitt Named as Grand Marshal
Concord, N.C. (July 13, 2012) – Trevor Bayne will pilot an orange-themed car at the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 24 for a very special Tennessean.
Bayne, a Knoxville resident and big University of Tennessee fan will drive a “We Back Pat™”-themed Roush Fenway Ford sponsored by YourRaceCar.com in the in the Food City 250 in honor of Pat Summitt.
The promotion is designed to raise national awareness of The Pat Summitt Foundation’s mission and contribution to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history who won eight NCAA national championships while coaching the Vols, was diagnosed in August of 2011 with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. She retired in April of this year and now serves as head coach emeritus for the Lady Vols.
"Growing up in Knoxville, I've always been a big UT fan and an even bigger fan of Pat Summit,” said Bayne, winner of the 2011 Daytona 500. “I have always respected what she stood for and how she conducted business. I am excited she is going to be a part of our team at Bristol. Now we need to carry on her winning tradition."
Summitt is excited to have Bayne backing her foundation at BMS.
“We are honored that Trevor will be representing The Pat Summitt Foundation,” said Summitt. “I have heard that Trevor began his career in Knoxville at the age of five racing go-carts. With Trevor also calling Knoxville home, it’s great to see the success he has had over the past several years.”
Summitt also will serve as grand marshal for the Food City 250.
- Courtesy of Roush Fenway Racing