Ric Flair To Appear On ESPN First Take, Matt Hardy To Be Honorary Race Car Driver

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“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair is set to appear on ESPN First Take this week. Flair revealed on Twitter that he was on his way to Phoenix to partake in the show.

Matt Hardy will be on hand this Sunday as the honorary pace car driver for the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway; WWE issued the following release:

PHOENIX – This Sunday, November 11, WWE Superstar Matt Hardy will lead the field to the green flag in the Toyota Camry Official Pace Car as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the start of the Can-Am 500. The race will take place on the final day of ISM Raceway’s Opening Weekend celebration.

“Being part of Opening Weekend for the new ISM Raceway is such an exciting experience, and I’m honored to race around the track with some of the best in the sport to kick off the Can-Am 500,” said WWE Superstar Matt Hardy.

Matt Hardy, a multi-time WWE Tag Team Champion revolutionized the tag team division with his brother Jeff as the well-known Hardy Boyz. Hardy will be on hand in support of Royal Rumble® which will take place Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Chase Field in Phoenix. More than just a one-day event, Royal Rumble is a week-long celebration that also includes three spectacular live events with NXT® TakeOver, Monday Night Raw® and SmackDown Live® taking place at Talking Stick Resort Arena. In addition, Royal Rumble Week will also feature Royal Rumble Axxess, WWE’s interactive fan festival at the Phoenix Convention Center from Friday, January 25 – Sunday, January 27, as well as local community outreach programs, including Be a STAR bullying prevention rallies and hospital visits designed to leave a lasting impact throughout the region.

Hardy’s championship pedigree and competitive spirit make him the perfect pace car driver for Opening Weekend at ISM Raceway. The Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series semifinal playoff race will be the first major NASCAR event following the completion of the $178 million ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar, which includes new fan amenities, upgraded food and beverage offerings, and an all new INfield experience that brings fans up close and personal with their favorite drivers and race teams.

Limited tickets still remain for the 2018 Opening Weekend and Can-Am 500, starting at $47. Weekend packages, which also include the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, start at $67. Tickets are available online at ISMRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the ISM Raceway ticket office.

Tickets for Royal Rumble are available now through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, at the Chase Field box office or by calling Ticketmaster charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

About ISM Raceway

Since 1964, ISM Raceway has been the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest. As part of a $178 million modernization project, the track officially became ISM Raceway in January 2018 as a result of a naming rights partnership with ISM Connect, a pioneer in smart venue technology bringing the digital fan engagement experience to Phoenix. Phoenix hosts two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekends each year, beginning with the TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend March 9, 10 and11. The schedule is anchored by Opening Weekend, on Nov. 9, 10 and 11, with the Can-Am 500, the Semi-Final race in NASCAR’s Playoffs after which the field is reduced to the final four championship contenders. For more information, visit www.ISMRaceway.com.

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