Disney’s Planes” Star Dane Cook Named Grand Marshal
Cook to Team Up with Jimmie Johnson for Q & A Appearance
LONG POND, PA (July 25, 2013) – Pocono Raceway announced today Dane Cook, star of the upcoming comedy adventure “Disney’s Planes,” will serve as Grand Marshal for the GoBowling.com 400 on August 4. Additionally, Cook will join Jimmie Johnson, who will drive the No. 48 Lowe’s “Disney’s Planes” Chevrolet SS at “The Tricky Triangle,” at Johnson’s Fan Question-and-Answer session prior to the 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
Cook’s duties as Grand Marshal include several meet-and-greets with NASCAR drivers, race fans and media, as well as, giving the command to start engines for the GoBowling.com 400. Cook voices Dusty, a crop duster who dreams of becoming a high-flying aerial racer in “Disney’s Planes,” which debuts in theaters nationwide on Friday, August 9. Additionally, a crop duster reflecting Dusty’s design will perform the flyover prior to the start of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Johnson, the most recent Cup Series winner at Pocono, will host a fan-driven, question-and-answer session the morning of Sunday, August 4. This year’s Jimmie Johnson Fan Q&A session will take place at the Lowe’s display, located inside Pocono Raceway’s Fan Fair area. Access pass holders will receive a “Disney’s Planes” Lowe’s Build and Grow car, priority access to Johnson & Cook’s question-and-answer session, a chance to win a Pocono Raceway track piece signed by Johnson and the opportunity to preview the trailer for “Disney’s Planes.” Access Passes for the Jimmie Johnson Q&A are available at $48 for family four-pack or $20 for individuals and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
A portion of the proceeds from this Jimmie Johnson Fan Q&A will support “Crossing Abilities” of Monroe County. Crossing Abilities, sponsored by Pocono Alliance, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization is a project comprised of volunteers with a collective vision for making a safe, all-inclusive playground a reality in Monroe County. The future site for this playground will be Mountain View Park, located in Tannersville, PA. For more information about this project, please visit www.crossingabilities.org.
A Sunday ticket is required in order to purchase an access pass. To purchase tickets and/or Jimmie Johnson Fan Q&A passes, click here or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).
You can also catch the GoBowling.com 400 live from Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, Motor Racing Network Radio and Sirius XM Radio with additional coverage on NASCAR.COM.
About “DISNEY’S PLANES”
“Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. For more information, check out Disney.com/Planes, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyPictures. Rated PG, “Disney’s Planes” soars into theaters Aug. 9, 2013. It will be presented in 3D in select theaters.
About Pocono Raceway
“The Tricky Triangle” is host to two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, one IZOD IndyCar Series, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and one Firestone Indy Light Series events each year. Pocono Raceway’s 2.5-mile triangular design makes it truly unique. Pocono is the America’s only professional race circuit with three turns, three different radii and three variant degrees of banking. All that ensures our fans will enjoy some serious action, meanwhile presenting a competitive challenge to the world’s best drivers and their crew chiefs. Pocono strives to create a family atmosphere with increased focus on the Fan Experience. We are Pocono Raceway and this is “The Tricky Triangle.”
In business for over 50 years, Pocono Raceway is family-owned and situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. We are located within 300 miles of one-third of the U.S. population and within 90 miles of New York City and Philadelphia.
Pocono Raceway is the world’s largest solar powered sports facility. The Raceway developed a 25 acre, three megawatt solar farm that provides the energy needs of the Raceway as well as adding electricity to the local power grid.