Cincinnati's Linz Family, which won the CBS Television 2005 "Amazing Race Family Edition," will be the grand marshal of the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150" during Kentucky Speedway's opening weekend May 13.

Siblings Alex, 22, Megan, 21, Nick, 24, and Tommy, 19, followed a string of clues and tasks around the globe through 50 cities in 25 days to win the made-for-television reality quest. They crossed the finish line first and claimed a $1 million grand prize after Nick completed a 71-piece jigsaw puzzle depicting a map of North and Central America.

The family will greet fans during a prerace autograph session, meet race competitors as part of the prerace festivities and deliver the command for drivers to start their engines.

"Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky ranks second for reality television viewing, so we know our fans will enjoy meeting the Linzes during our season-opening weekend," Kentucky Speedway Communications Director Tim Bray said. "Alex, Megan, Nick and Tommy certainly captured the attention of the entire country with their competitive spirit, enthusiasm and Amazing Race win. We're honored that they'll be a part of our 'Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150.'"

The Linz family is from Anderson Township in Cincinnati. Nick works in sales in Buffalo, N.Y., Alex is an emergency room technician at Mercy-Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati, Megan is an executive assistant in Cincinnati, and Tommy is a student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Kentucky Speedway season ticket plans and single-race tickets are on sale now and can be reserved online at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com or http://www.tickets.com and by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223). Fans also can reserve tickets through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores as well as the speedway ticket offices at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and the speedway Fan Center off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky. Visit http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com for complete schedule and event information.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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