August 18, 2013 on ESPN
named grand marshal; lucky fan will wave the green flag
Mich. -- TV star Carter Oosterhouse has been
named grand marshal for the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug.
18. And a lucky fan will have the chance to be the honorary
starter and wave the green flag.
from Traverse City, Mich., is an easily recognizable television
personality who got his start as a carpenter during the
fourth season of TLC’s “Trading Spaces.”
In 2007, he joined HGTV, hosting his own show called “Carter
Can,” which offered homeowners easy-to-follow insider
tips. Carter’s second show, “Red Hot &
Green” hit television sets, providing viewers with
great tips on Earth-friendly ideas.
current hit, “Million Dollar Rooms,” gives
viewers a glimpse into the rooms of some of the richest
people on Earth.
is also a model, having appeared in numerous photo shoots
and publications. He was named by “People”
magazine as one of the sexiest men on television in its
“Sexiest Man Alive” edition. The Michigan
native has also modeled for Hewlett Packard, Miller Lite
has made Michigan proud through his work with TLC’s
‘Trading Spaces’ and his subsequent work on
HGTV. We are thrilled for him to be our guest at the Pure
Michigan 400 and show him all the cool things about NASCAR,”
MIS President Roger Curtis said.
Fans of Pure
Michigan also have the chance to join the action alongside
Oosterhouse as the honorary starter at the race. As a
part of a contest hosted on Pure Michigan’s Facebook
page, fans are invited to share why they want to wave
the green flag at the Pure Michigan 400 for a chance to
serve as the honorary starter on race day.
is such an exciting opportunity for one lucky fan,”
Curtis said. “That fan will have the thrill of waving
the green flag, signaling the start of another exciting
MIS race. We want to thank our friends at Pure Michigan
for giving a fan the chance to become an integral part
of the NASCAR experience.”
runs July 25 through August 8 and entries may be submitted
directly to the Pure Michigan Facebook page via the contest
Fans of the
page will then have the opportunity to vote for their
favorite entry. The winner will be chosen from the 10
submissions with the most fan votes based on which submission
best displays a passion for racing and all things Pure
Michigan. Individuals must be fans of Pure Michigan on
Facebook to view the entries and vote. The winner will
be notified and announced by August 13. They will receive
four tickets to the race in addition to serving as the
honorary starter. All other expenses including travel
to the Michigan International Speedway will be at the
winners own expense.
Pure Michigan 400 is a terrific opportunity to showcase
all Michigan has to offer – from car culture to
top destinations like Michigan International Speedway,”
said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan,
part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“Carter Oosterhouse is a great ambassador for Michigan
making him a terrific choice for Grand Marshal. We are
also excited to be able to offer one of our fans a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to be the Pure Michigan 400 honorary starter.”
for their favorite submission will also have an opportunity
to sign up for the Pure Michigan eNewsletter, which includes
ideas to help plan Michigan getaways, including festival
and event highlights, special promotions from featured
destinations, deals, packages and shopping trips and a
run-down on seasonal outdoor activities.
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