Lynn Swann, Super Bowl MVP, four-time Super Bowl Champion, National Football League (NFL) Hall of Famer and Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, has been announced as the Grand Marshal of The Honda Indy™ 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance.
Swann will wave the green flag from the starter’s stand, signifying the start of the race at 3 p.m. this Sunday, August 8th, among other responsibilities. The former Pittsburgh Steeler, who was first drafted in 1974 after graduating from the University of Southern California, is in Ohio for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in nearby Canton.
A native of Alcoa, Tenn., Swann was born to Willie and Mildred Swann and grew up living between California and Tennessee. After a wildly successful NFL career where his team ended up as Super Bowl Champions in four of his nine years playing, he was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Today, Swann sits on the board of directors of H.J. Heinz Company, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Harrah’s Entertainment, Empower Software and Transdel Pharmaceuticals.
Since 1980, Lynn Swann has been the National Spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He now serves on their National Board of Directors and was President of the national board from 1993 to 1995.
His contributions to society and his community leadership led President George W. Bush to ask Swann to serve as the Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
The Honda Indy™ 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance is the largest annual gathering of Honda associates and suppliers with over 15,000 planned to attend Sunday’s race. Weekend general admission tickets are $75. Saturday or Sunday daily tickets are $50. All children 12 and under are admitted free.
A comprehensive motorsports facility, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: a 2.4-mile, 15-turn, and a 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit. The park-like, 330-acre complex is located in Lexington, Ohio, near Mansfield, 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland. The track has been called the most competitive course in the U.S. and annually hosts a diverse lineup of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional drivers and riders. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is owned and operated by TrueSports, Inc.