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Tony Stewart attends grand opening of new Xfinity Comcast Retail Store in Jacksonville, FL

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

As I mentioned in my last post, Tony Stewart appeared at a grand opening of the new River Run Xfinity Comcast retail store in Jacksonville, Florida. The store showcases the innovation and speed of Xfinity products, and is designed entirely around the needs of customers, offering consumers an opportunity to explore and interact directly with the latest Xfinity products and services. At the grand opening ceremony Tony was also present with a check for $15,000 for the Tony Stewart Foundation from Comcast. For those not familiar with The Tony Stewart Foundation- it celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary as a foundation last year and has awarded $5.2 million to outstanding organizations serving children, animals and injured motor racing drivers in 41 of 50 states, including Florida!

Tony helps the Mayor cut the ribbon

Jacksonville, Florida, Mayor Alvin Brown (center) cuts the grand-opening ribbon along with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart (second from left) and Comcast executives on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, during a special event celebrating the new River City Xfinity® store location in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo credit: Comcast Florida/Dan Van Slyke, Jr.).

Tony Stewart and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart addresses attendees while Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown looks on during the grand-opening celebration of the new River City Xfinity store location in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. (Photo credit: Comcast Florida/Dan Van Slyke, Jr.).

Tony gets a really big check.

Three-time NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ champion Tony Stewart is presented with a $15,000 donation to The Tony Stewart Foundation on behalf of Comcast by Derek Cooper, Regional Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Investment in Florida for Comcast, on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, during the grand-opening celebration of the new River City Xfinity® store location in Jacksonville, Florida. Last year, The Tony Stewart Foundation marked 10 years as a charitable foundation and has awarded $5.2 million to outstanding organizations serving children, animals and injured motor racing drivers (Photo credit: Comcast Florida/Dan Van Slyke, Jr.).

Tony also chatted with local media and then signed autographs for 250 NASCAR fans after the presentation.

Tony chats with the media

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™, chats with longtime NASCAR journalist and Florida Times-Union reporter Don Coble on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, during the grand-opening celebration of the new River City Xfinity® store location in Jacksonville, Florida (Photo credit: Comcast Florida/Dan Van Slyke, Jr.).

Tony Stewart's Show Car

Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet – a retired, race-driven car – on display outside the new River City Xfinity® store location in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 (Photo credit: Comcast Florida/Dan Van Slyke, Jr.).

Tony greets Keegan the first fan in line

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™, greets the first fan in line to get his autograph on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, during the grand-opening celebration of the new River City Xfinity® store location in Jacksonville, Florida. Keegan, age 8, traveled from Ambrose, Georgia, with his mom (also pictured) to meet his racing hero and patiently waited in line for more than nine hours to ensure his pole-position spot (Photo credit: Comcast Florida/Dan Van Slyke, Jr.)

I love the look on Keegan’s mother’s face! I would love to know what was being said! I have attended fan events where Tony was signing autographs- and I LOVE the reaction of the kids! They are awesome!

And now for my favorite picture from the event!  Remember that Xfinity/Comcast commercial with Tony- the one with the router in his racecar?  I don’t know about you but that commercial helped hold me over during the end of last season- when were were Smokeless (due to his injury).  Well notice what is playing on the screen behind Tony in this picture:

Tony hams it up while his commercial plays behind him

Three-time NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ champion Tony Stewart grins on-screen and off on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, during the grand-opening celebration of the new River City Xfinity® store location in Jacksonville, Florida. With his recently filmed TV commercial for Comcast playing behind him, Stewart signed autographs for 250 passionate NASCAR fans at the special event. (Photo credit: Comcast Florida/Dan Van Slyke, Jr.).

Of course the sparkle in his eye also makes it my favorite picture from the event. Love it.   I AM SO READY FOR DAYTONA!!! Bring it on Tony! You got this. #14in14

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