Jim Boeheim Moving from Arena Floor to the Track to Serve as Grand Marshal for Zippo 200 at The Glen

Limited Opportunity Available for Fans to Watch Race with Legendary 'Cuse Hoops Coach

Jim Boeheim

'Cuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will serve as the grand marshal for the 2010 Zippo 200 at The Glen. (Photo courtesy of Syracuse University)


Fans that attend the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at The Glen on Saturday, August 7 will see a well-known face in a very new place during the pre-race ceremonies.  Syracuse University Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim will serve as the Grand Marshal for the race and say the most famous words in racing “Gentlemen, start your engines” just minutes before the green flag drops at approximately 2:00 PM EST. 

In addition to his honorary duties, Coach Boeheim will watch the race with a limited number of S.U. hoops fanatics from the confines of one of WGI’s VIP hospitality areas.  Tickets for this special package start at $150 and include; weekend reserved seat, upscale food & beverage stations, guided garage tour, race day collectible as well as a chance to rub elbows with one of college basketball’s all-time greats.  Fans interested in this once-in-a-lifetime experience should call 888-356-7223 to place their order.  All of the proceeds of tickets purchased to this rare opportunity going towards The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.

“I’m very excited about visiting The Glen in August and getting a trackside view of all the racing action during the Zippo 200,” said Coach Boeheim. “I’ve always been a great admirer of WGI and it’s a great way to spend a summer day. I’m extremely honored that Watkins Glen International, its staff and supportive fans are helping our communities by supporting The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.”

“We are delighted to have Coach Boeheim serve as Grand Marshal for the Zippo 200,” said Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth. “His accomplishments and reputation are legendary not only here in our regional Northeast, but to basketball fans all over the country.  We congratulate him on another Sweet 16 season, and look forward to seeing him start the NASCAR Nationwide field at the Zippo 200 in August.” 

Boeheim is one of the most legendary and successful coaches in NCAA college basketball history.  His 827 career victories have all come as the head coach of the Orange and ranks second on the all-time NCAA Division I wins list behind only Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski.  Boeheim’s accomplishments as SU head coach is almost too extensive too list and very few have ever been matched.  The highlight is undoubtedly the national championship he brought to Syracuse in 2003 following his team’s win against Kansas in the title game of the NCAA Tournament.  His other achievements include three appearances in the National Championship game, three Final Four appearances, four appearances in the Elite Eight, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen 15 times, and being selected for the NCAA Tournament an incredible 27 times.  Boeheim has led his teams to eight Big East regular season championships, claimed five titles in the Big East tournament, has been named Big East Coach of the Year four times, and received both the Associated Press’ college coach of the year and the Naismith college coach of the year awards in 2010. 

Tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, are on sale now!  Fans can take advantage of advanced sale prices and new options by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com

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