Familiar voice for “start your engines” call

Photo by C. Graves

Actor and voice talent John Ratzenberger has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 24-26.

 The Connecticut native played the know-it-all postal carrier Cliff Clavin on the sit-com “Cheers.” He is known for his voice-work on Pixar feature films, including the voice of Mack the truck in “Cars and the soon-to-be released “Cars 2.” He also voiced Hammy the Piggy Bank in the “Toy Story” series and the Abominable Snowman in “Monsters Inc.,” among others.

At the track on June 26, Ratezenberger will give voice to the official racing command of “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.” He will be also be honored on June 24 at the Children’s Champions Grand Marshal’s Banquet at Cline Cellars, the annual gala fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.

NASCAR in Sonoma
What: Toyota/Save Mart 350
When: June 24-26
Circuit: 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course 
Race Length: Measured in kilometers. The race distance is 218.9 miles or 110 laps around the 1.99-mile road course.
Entries: Forty-three cars — the largest grid of any feature car race at Infineon Raceway.
Purse: $5,505,551 in posted awards.
Previous winners: Jimmie Johnson, 2010; Kasey Kahne, 2009; Kyle Busch, 2009.
Friday: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, Noon-1:30 p.m.; NASCAR West Series Qualifying, 1:50 p.m.; Pick-n-Pull Pole Day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, 3:40 p.m.

Saturday: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.; DenBeste Happy Hour NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, 10:45 a.m.-noon; Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race, 12:45 p.m.

Sunday: Toyota/Save Mart 350, noon. Preceded by 25-minute air show.
Tickets: $25-$130 single day/$99-$180 weekend. Discounts for military. Free parking.

800-870-RACE (7223), ifineonraceway.com/nascar or ticketmaster.com 

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