Disney Actor Josh Hutcherson to be "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's" Grand Marshal
Disney actor and Northern Kentucky native Josh Hutcherson will add to the fun of the Aug. 11 "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's" race weekend when he serves as the race grand marshal.
"It's great that Josh was able to be a part of our family-focused 'Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's' weekend as he is a great example to young people everywhere. We know our fans enjoy his work and the big screen and will be excited about the chance of seeing him in person," Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "We're proud to be able to honor one of Northern Kentucky's and Disney's own at what should prove to be another exciting IndyCar Series event at our venue."
The fifth and final 2007 Kentucky Speedway race weekend begins Friday, Aug. 10 with "Radio Disney AM 680 Fanfest." Fanfest will include IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series practice sessions, Radio Disney family activities and an infield autograph session. Gates open at 3:00 p.m., for Fanfest, cars are on the track for practice sessions throughout the afternoon, IndyCar Series qualifying takes place at 6:15 p.m. and the infield will open at 7:30 p.m.
The fun continues Aug. 11 when speedway gates open at 2:00 p.m. The first 3,000 children age 12 and younger to pass through the gates will receive a free Horsepower mascot bobblehead doll, Radio Disney family activities will continue on the speedway main concourse and lead up to a 4:30 p.m. concert with Radio Disney favorites The Jonas Brothers. IndyCar Series stars will take to the 1.5-mile tri-oval at 6:30 p.m., for "The Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's" and the Indy Pro Series will conclude the day with the "Kentucky Indy Pro 100" at 9:00 p.m.
"I am so stoked about being the grand marshal of the "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's." I love Kentucky Speedway because it's only a little way from my home and I love the fact that such great races come to Kentucky," Hutcherson said.
In his short career, the 14-year-old star has worked with many of Hollywood's finest actors and directors. He was most recently seen in Sony Pictures' Barry Sonnenfeld-directed "RV," co-starring as Robin Williams' son. Hutcherson joins the family on vacation in an RV where Robin's inexperience and ulterior motives make for a wild adventure.
He recently completed production in Montreal starring opposite Brendan Fraser in Walden Media and New Line Cinema's "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D." Directed by Eric Brevig, the film follows a scientist (Fraser) and his troubled nephew (Hutcherson) who, on an expedition in Iceland, stumble upon a mystery that leads them on a thrill-ride adventure, bringing them face to face with never-before-seen worlds and creatures.
Hutcherson can next be seen in the starring role of Walden Media/Walt Disney Picutres feature "Bridge to Terabithia" scheduled for release in February 2007. Shot entirely in New Zealand, the film is based on Katherine Paterson's award winning novel and directed by Gabor Csupo. The film tells the powerful story of a boy (Hutcherson) whose life is changed forever when he befriends the class outsider - who happens to be a girl (AnnaSophia Robb). Together they create the world of Terabithia, an imaginary kingdom filled with giants and trolls and all manner of magical beings. Also scheduled for a 2007 release is the Fox/New Regency film "Firehouse Dog," with Hutcherson starring as a young man who happens upon a stranded Hollywood stunt dog whose unique abilities ultimately make him a canine firehouse hero.
In 2005, Hutcherson starred in the critically acclaimed Fox/New Regency film "Little Manhattan." Directed by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackert, the film co-stars Bradley Whitford and Cynthia Nixon. Set in the Big Apple, "Little Manhattan" is a romantic comedy about a young man's fall into the mysterious and wonderful phenomenon known as "first love." Hutcherson also starred opposite Tim Robbins in Sony Pictures' Jon Favreau-directed adventure film "Zathura." From the world of "Jumanji,"
Hutcherson plays a young man who plays a mysterious game and gets swept away on an improbable and perilous adventure into outer space. He won a Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actor for his role in the film.
His film credits include Universal's "Kicking and Screaming" in which he co-stars with Will Farrell and Robert Duvall. Hutcherson also voiced a lead character in last summer's Disney English-language release of Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-nominated anime "Howl's Moving Castle."
In 2004, the young actor shared duties with Tom Hanks as the character of Hero Boy in Warner Brothers' hit "The Polar Express," a groundbreaking film using motion performance capture for its characters.
Hutcherson's television credits include the TNT telepic "Wilder Days," with Peter Falk, the Animal Planet feature "Miracle Dogs" and guest appearances on NBC's "ER," Lifetime's "The Division" and ABC's "Line of Fire."
His hobbies include football, soccer, cars and competing in triathlons. Hutcherson resides with his Mom, Dad, and his younger brother Connor, in Kentucky. More information on Hutcherson's career can be found at his Web site at http://www.joshhutcherson.com.
Tickets for the Aug. 10-11 weekend are still available and can be reserved through the tickets pages of this Web site, online at http://www.tickets.com or 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.