Michael Rooker has been named Grand Marshal of the eighth annual NASCAR Hauler Parade and will lead the procession of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series haulers through the streets of Sacramento on Thursday, June 21.
Rooker, an American actor known to motorsports fans for his role as Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder, will be in Sacramento to meet fans at the Fandemic Tour, a new type of comic con bringing fandom, fun and family together to celebrate all of pop culture. Rooker has had recent success in his reprised role as Yondu in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), a film that follows the same group of galactic underdogs saving the universe.
Rooker will lead the parade of NASCAR haulers en route to Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Fans can expect to see haulers from Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and most every other driver on the Monster Energy Series circuit.
The parade will begin promptly at noon as the haulers depart their staging area and make their way over the Tower Bridge and around the State Capitol on their way to greet fans ready for NASCAR’s only stop in Northern California.
Haulers will then be directed to the freeway and head South on Hwy. 80 to Sonoma Raceway, where they will be parked in the garage for the race weekend. The haulers will arrive at the raceway at approximately 2 p.m.
Race fans can cheer on Rooker and catch the haulers all along the parade route, but are encouraged to head to the corner of 11th and L Streets for the best view. Sonoma Raceway will have a display there, as well as the popular Raceway Girls, and giveaways. This will be the heart of the action.
State Senator Jim Nielsen will be on hand to present the president of the Transporter Drivers of Motorsports Association an official State Senate Proclamation, officially naming June 21, 2018, “NASCAR Day” in the City of Sacramento. A $5,000 donation will also be made to the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, on behalf of the Transporter Drivers of Motorsports Association.
Online charity auction
Race fans can bid on unique experiences and signed NASCAR collectibles, all in the name of charity, prior to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway.
This year’s Speedway Children’s Charities online auction, which runs through June 20 at sccauctions.com, is highlighted by Ride of a Lifetime Experience with top drivers, including Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon and reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., as well as autographed items from “The King” Richard Petty and San Francisco Giants baseball stars Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford.