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Tom Izzo, Mel Tucker to serve as co-Grand Marshals for FireKeepers Casino 400 next month

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Start your engines Spartans!

Michigan State’s basketball and football head coach Tom Izzo and Mel Tucker will officially serve as the co-Grand Marshals for next month’s NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 race. The race will take place on Aug. 7 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

“I’m excited to serve as a co-Grand Marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400 alongside my good friend and colleague Mel Tucker,” Izzo said in a statement. “Getting the chance to be a part of a NASCAR event was a thrill for me in 2010 and it was great to get the first-hand experience of seeing some of the best in their profession up close.  This is a tremendous opportunity for us to represent Michigan State Athletics and our great University at a NASCAR event and in one of auto racing’s premier facilities at Michigan International Speedway.”

As part of their responsibilities, the Spartan coaches will give the command “Drivers, Start Your Engines” to kick off the 200-lap race, according to MSUSpartans.com. The FireKeepers Casino 400 starts at 3 p.m. ET and will air on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Click here to learn more about the race and Tucker’s and Izzo’s responsibilities as co-Grand Marshals.

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