Three Cleveland sports heroes and the worldâ€™s top racecar drivers will come together this weekend on the shores of Lake Erie, as officials announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers legend Larry Nance and Cleveland Browns stars Joshua Cribbs and Ryan Tucker will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2007 Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank.
The Grand Marshals will participate throughout race weekend in a variety of activities at the Grand Prix, which takes place June 22-24 at Burke Lakefront Airport. All three will play a key role in the Grand Prixâ€™s opening ceremonies before Sundayâ€™s main event, which will also include a concert with Ian Hunter and flyover by two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets. At 1:00 p.m., the 750 horsepower Champ Cars will roar to life when Nance, Cribbs and Tucker declare the famous words â€œDrivers, Start Your Engines!â€Â
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Nance is a long-time motorsports enthusiast and owns Larry Nance Racing, a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Race Team. On display at the Grand Prix will be his â€™53 Race Trailer and Pro Stock Chevy Cobalt within the D.A. Motorsports area, which will also host the Advance Auto Parts Grave Digger Monster Truck Simulator. Nance will be greeting fans all weekend, so Grand Prix attendees are encouraged to bring their Cavs memorabilia for Nance to autograph. The D.A. Motorsports area will be part of the Rainbow Babies & Childrenâ€™s Hospital Family Fun Zone at the Grand Prix.
Nance is well known as one of the best power forwards in NBA history, and was a three-time NBA All-Star and winner of the NBAâ€™s first Slam Dunk Contest. Nance has remained a fixture in Cleveland and his #22 jersey was retired by the Cavaliers in 1995. The 6â€™10â€ forward from Clemson was a NBA All-Star in 1985, 1989, and 1993, and the NBA All-Defensive Team First Team member in 1989, and the Second Team Member in 1992 and 1993. He was also consistently one of the league’s better shot blockers, averaging 2.2 blocks per game during his career. Nance has remained a fixture in Cleveland and his #22 jersey was retired by the Cavaliers in 1995.