Michigan State trains Tom Izu and Mel Tucker to serve as co-marshals in the NASCAR FireKeepers Casino 400 Cup Series

Michigan International Motorcycle announced today that the MSU men’s basketball coach Tom Ezzo The football coach Mel Tucker He will be a Grand Marshall participant in the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on August 7.As part of their responsibilities, the Spartan coaches will give the command “Drivers, start your engines” to start the 200-lap race, the biggest of the year at MIS. The FireKeepers 400 Casino starts at 3 PM ET and will be broadcast on Radio USA, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR.

We are honored to host us Tom Ezzo And the Mel Tucker As participating participants in the FireKeepers Casino 400 game, Michigan International Speedway President Joe Fowler said. . Event.”

“I am excited to be working as an Associate Marshal of FireKeepers Casino 400 alongside my dear friend and colleague Mel Tucker‘ said Izzo. Getting the chance to participate in a NASCAR event was exciting for me in 2010 and it was great to get first-hand experience to see some of the best in their profession up close. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to represent Michigan Athletics and our great university at a NASCAR event and at one of the premier motorsport facilities at Michigan International Speedway. Special thanks go to Aaron Ziegler for showing him Spartan Pride with MSU/Zigler Automotive Chevrolet.”

“I would like to thank Michigan International Speedway for the opportunity to co-lead the FireKeepers Casino 400, along with Coach Izu,” Tucker said. “I would also like to thank Aaron Ziegler and his partnership with Michigan State Athletics. He has a relentless mindset, and this is an innovative way to represent MSU. I look forward to seeing the MSU/Zigler Automotive Chevrolet in person and in front of the thousands of fans at the Michigan International Road Cycling firearms.”

The duo will be a guest at the Ziggler Automotive Group, the main sponsor of the Josh Bellecki Spire Motorsports Chevrolet. Additionally, MSU’s 77/Zigler Automotive Chevrolet in Bilicki will feature a Michigan-specific paint scheme.

Ziggler is excited to bring the superstar coaches to MSU Mel Tucker And the Tom Ezzo As Grand Marshals for our next race at our home at Michigan International Speedway,” Zeigler Auto Group President and CEO Aaron Zeigler said. As longtime supporters of MSU, having the Spartans aboard the Zeigler.com 77 is a huge honor for us, especially when it’s shown here at home. MIS was the #1 sponsor of the #TEAMZEIGLER NASCAR race car, and we’re proud to say that Josh Bilicki was behind the wheel that day, as he will be on August 7. “


“My relationship with Zeigler Auto Group at Michigan International Speedway began in 2019,” said Bellecki. “Since then, I have enjoyed getting to know their team, and many of them have become like family members. Team Ziegler is very competitive and passionate about everything they are involved in, from business to supporting local sports teams. I am so grateful for the collective support and look forward to carrying the MSU colors/ Ziegler Auto Group in the race on their home ground next weekend.”

This will be the second trip to MIS for Izzo. The Naismith Memorial Football Hall of Famer drove the fast car before the Cup Series race in August 2010.

Izzo, who has just finished his 27th year, has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, including the 2000 NCAA National Championship, 10 Big Ten regular season championships, six Big Ten titles, 8 Final Four participations, and 8 awards National Coach of the Year. and Big Ten – 24 consecutive NCAA Championship appearances.

Tucker led the Michigan State football team to the biggest transformation in school history in 2021, his second season with the team. The Spartans finished 11-2 with a Top 10 ratings and New Year’s Six Bowl win, and took home honors from this year’s Tucker Big Ten Coach. He was also selected as one of the finalists for the National Coach of the Year award by several organizations.

Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 tickets start at $39 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Kids 12 and younger also get a free Sunday pre-race ticket from Henry Ford Health. Double Head Saturday tickets start at $35; Children 12 years old and under are free. Campsites are available starting at $130. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 888-905-7223 or online at mispeedway.com.

About the Michigan International Highway
Located in the lush Irish Hills of southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR. The two-mile track—with 18 degrees of bank and 73-foot-wide turns—has hosted the NASCAR Cup Series for more than 50 years. In addition to the action on the track, MIS offers a variety of family-friendly entertainment options for audiences of all ages. MIS is the largest registered campground in the state of Michigan with nearly 9,000 campgrounds on over 1,400 acres. In addition to the annual NASCAR Weekend, MIS hosts non-racing events including the Faster Horses Festival and Nite Lites. For more information, visit mispeedway.com. TV information will be announced at a later time.

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