CURRENT UFC BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION DOMINICK CRUZ TO SERVE AS OFFICIAL PACE CAR DRIVER FOR GOOD SAM 500
Current UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz will lead the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the Official 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car at the start of the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 13. Cruz’s appearance was the result of a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment. As the official pace car driver, the 30-year old mixed martial artist will take an honorary lap around the one-mile oval.
“I’m pumped to be back at Phoenix International Raceway for another great NASCAR event on March 13,” Cruz said. “Starting the Good Sam 500 as the official pace car driver will be an honor. I know how powerful and fast these cars are and how great these drivers are at making it look easy. I'm excited to be invited back and to lead them to the green flag.”
Cruz, a native of Tucson, Ariz., is a two-time UFC bantamweight champion and former WEC champion. Undefeated since 2007, Cruz is widely considered to be one the sport’s best pound-for-pound athletes with an overall record of 21-1. Known for his nonstop in-ring footwork and entertaining fight style, Cruz has become a favorite among fans every time he steps inside the Octagon.
When he’s not competing, Cruz also serves as an analyst for FOX Sports often breaking down UFC action on FOX Sports 1. This event marks the second appearance for Cruz as the official pace car driver for a NASCAR event at PIR, as he also served in the same role ahead of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on March 4, 2012.
In addition to his duties behind the wheel, Cruz will make a promotional appearance at PIR prior to the race on Sunday, March 13. For more information on timing and other appearances, please visit PhoenixRaceway.com.
Tickets and pit passes for the Good Sam 500 on March 13 start at just $25 and can be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the track ticket office.