Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill Named Grand Marshal

Zoo Miami Star Named Grand Marshal

Race Grand Marshal Ron Magill (pictured here with a tiger cub) brought along "King George the Cheetah" to preview Saturday's "Grand Prix of Miami" at Miami Beach's Nikki Beach

With more than 30 years of hands-on wildlife experience, Ron Magill is used to taking the lead
amongst the fast and the furious. And this Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Zoo Miami
Goodwill Ambassador takes that role to a new level as Grand Marshal of the “Grand Prix of Miami.” Just
prior to Saturday’s 12 pm green flag for Race 2 of the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season, Magill is set to deliver the four most famous words in motorsports: “Gentlemen, start your engines!”

Homestead-Miami Speedway made the announcement at a media event at Miami Beach’s Nikki Beach.

“I am still in disbelief that Homestead-Miami Speedway asked me to serve as the Grand Marshal!”said
Magill. “I’ve always been fascinated by cars, and this is a race I grew up going to as a fan. I just can’t
believe that on Saturday I’ll be giving the starting command for the
‘Grand Prix of Miami!’”
A native of New York City who moved to South Florida at age 12, Magill is renowned for his passion in
educating people about the importance of wildlife conservation, and preserving natural resources and the environment. He became a familiar name in South Florida households years ago when his inspirational manner first made him a frequently desired guest of local TV and radio shows. While his loyalty to the local market remains today, he also has been snatched up by national and international TV shows that include “National Geographic Explorer,” the “Today Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “CBS’ The Early Show,” “Dateline,” CNN News, “Sabado Gigante” and “Despierta America.”

“Among the many impressive traits that led us to invite Ron to be Grand Marshal for Saturday’s Prix of Miami’
‘Grandis that no matter how much his national and international profile grows, Ron Magill
remains a South Florida institution,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer.
“And with the steep history of GRAND-AM sports car racing in South Florida, he’s a perfect fit to give
the starting command—a first-class entertainer who fits right in with the entertainment fans can expect at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday.”

Highlights of Saturday’s “Grand Prix of Miami” and “Kia 200” include more than six hours of racing, as
well as access to the driver/crew garages, Pit Road and the Turn 1 Entertainment Village that includes
music, a car show, interactive displays and more. Tickets are just $25 for adults, and all kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. In addition, parking is FREE and fans are welcome to bring their own food and drink into the Speedway. For more information, call (866) 409-RACE or visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com
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