Reagan Centennial: Go fast, turn left!
March 25th, 2011
11:10 AM ET
4 years ago

Reagan Centennial: Go fast, turn left!

(CNN) - NASCAR's Autoclub 400 this Sunday may be the first time President Ronald Reagan has been honored by anyone going fast and turning LEFT.

The famously right-leaning president's 100th birthday will be celebrated on the track and in the stands at the race in Fontana, California. Sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in partnership with Richard Childress Racing, the Reagan centennial seal will be unveiled on the hood of the number 98 car that will be driven in the Sprint Cup series this fall.

In this Sunday's race, the #33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper car driven by Clint Bowyer will wear Reagan's seal. Austin Dillon, the grandson of team owner Richard Childress, will drive number 98, what we here at the Ticker have already dubbed the "Gipper Car."

Fans attending the race will be included in the celebration Sunday as they all receive Reagan's favorite Jelly Beans. And a video will be played prior to the race marking the president's centennial.

It was Reagan who was the first sitting president to attend a NASCAR race. He gave the "Gentlemen, start your engines!" command from aboard Air Force One while en route to the Daytona International Airport for the 1984 Firecracker 400. Fans watched as Air Force One landed at the nearby airfield and then the President watched the race where legend Richard Petty captured the victory.

The Autoclub 400 is at 3 p.m. ET Sunday.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. HJA

    The should make the race a figure eight demo derby.

    March 25, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. diridi

    enough of using these drama and movie guys...enough mess caused by this idiot, Reagan.....no hard feeling for departed idiot, but mess remained in nation.....no talking of this idiot...please.....

    March 25, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "NASCAR's Autoclub 400 this Sunday may be the first time President Ronald Reagan has been honored by anyone going fast and turning LEFT. "

    Har har har...CNN made a funny about the political spectrum. Still, it should be noted that NASCAAR races are a 100% apt analogy for the GOP/conservatives and their policies: round and round in a circle and never getting anywhere or making any progress.

    March 25, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Bob in PA

    Will the #98 car also be sporting the fashionable "Throw Obama Out" bumper sticker?

    March 25, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Emerson

    ".. the #33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper car driven by Clint Bowyer will wear Reagan's seal."

    It would be hard to imagine a higher, more dignified, honor for a former American President than being remembered next to Hamburger Helper.

    March 25, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "NASCAR's Autoclub 400 this Sunday may be the first time President Ronald Reagan has been honored by anyone going fast and turning LEFT. "

    Har har har...CNN made a funny about the political spectrum. Still, it should be noted that NASCAAR races are a 100% apt analogy for the GOP/conservatives and their policies: round and round in a circle and never getting anywhere or making any progress.

    Edit: ha...not to mention a lot of useless, ear-splitting noise and totally dependent upon and a giant waste of oil.

    March 25, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Now I understand why our Government funds NASCAR, it was unclear to me when it was first reported.

    March 25, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Oregon Calling

    Priceless! Go fast, turn left! HAHAHAHA This when speaking to Republicans, I know, out of context, but it did make me laugh and put a pep in my step for Friday!

    Peace :-)

    March 25, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Dennis

    Should have been run on a road course where they make right turns.

    March 25, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. maine liberal

    The way in which the teaparty is changing the republican party even Reagan is looking like a leftist and would not be able to meet the TP standards of governmrent.

    March 25, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |