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Motorsports Venue News - Charles Woodson Named Grand Marshal For Milwaukee 225


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WEST ALLIS, May 3, 2011: Charles Woodson, a defensive star of the World Championship-winning Green Bay Packers, has been named Grand Marshal for the Milwaukee 225 IZOD IndyCar Series race set for June 18-19 at the historic Milwaukee Mile in the Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Woodson, 34, was a prime contributor to the Packers’ title drive during the 2010 National Football League season at his starting defensive back position. Woodson was named to the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl for the seventh time in his career.

Woodson holds several Packers defensive records including the most touchdowns by a defensive player with 8 (7 interception returns and 1 fumble return). In 2009, Woodson won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.

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Woodson has achieved an outstanding football record by winning the College Football Heisman Trophy (in 1997 over Peyton Manning) and was a member of the national championship-winning University of Michigan football team in 1997. He has been a member of team championships in both NCAA and NFL competition.

He played eight years for the Oakland Raiders before signing with the Packers in 2006. Since joining the Packers, Woodson has recorded 30 interceptions and named three times to the Pro Bowl.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Milwaukee 225 at the Milwaukee Mile,” said Woodson. “I am anxious to the see the cars on the track and to meet the drivers. It should be a great event.”

Woodson will witness his first IZOD IndyCar Series race at the Milwaukee Mile and he is expected to see highly-competitive racing action with many of the world’s best drivers at the famed Mile oval.

Current IndyCar Series stars such as Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Briscoe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Danica Patrick, Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti will lead a stellar field into the nation’s oldest running auto racing facility dating back to 1903 for a 225-lap feature on Father’s Day scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

In addition to the high-powered IZOD IndyCar Series machines, the Milwaukee 225 two-day spectacular will feature six other races including the Firestone Indy Lights, Star Mazda Championship, US F2000 Series and three USAC events.