Actress and NASCAR Fan Tricia Helfer Set To Give Command To Fire Engines at Martinsville Speedway
A star on the FOX hit drama “Lucifer” and long-time NASCAR fan Tricia Helfer will say the most famous words in racing, “Drivers, Start Your Engines,” before the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
The Canadian-born actress will serve as the Honorary Starter for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
“I was already a NASCAR fan, but after presenting at the 2015 Sprint Cup Awards and now being able to say the most famous words in motorsports to kick off a Chase race, this is definitely a fan solidifying moment,” Helfer said. “I am honored to be able to take part in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 in Martinsville.”
“We’re extremely excited to welcome Tricia to Martinsville Speedway and to have her give the command to fire the engines,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “I first saw her at the banquet last year and you could see then she has a real interest and passion for NASCAR.”
Best known as the face of the series, and for her Leo award-winning lead performance as the humanoid, Cylon ‘Number Six’ in the critically acclaimed Syfy series, “Battlestar Galactica,” Helfer has since gone on to book leading roles on a wide variety of networks.
Before acting, Helfer launched her modeling career at age 17, and erupted into an international superstar after winning the Ford Models’ Supermodel of the World Contest in 1992.
In addition to acting, Helfer continues to support as many causes as she can, as she strongly believes in giving back. Currently, she is working with the Humane Society of United States, Best Friends Animal Society, AmFAR, PETA, Kitten Rescue and Richmond Animal Protection Society.
The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 race weekend is this weekend.
The action starts on Friday with Virginia Lottery Pole Day and continues on Saturday with the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in action Sunday with the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.
Adult ticket prices for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 start at $55. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $60.
Last year, Jeff Gordon took home his ninth grandfather clock trophy and was the first driver to clinch a spot in the Championship Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, live on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 1 p.m. ET.
The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Chase.