So Thursday Tony Stewart went to the Oakland Zoo to play with the elephants. Or…perhaps play isn’t the right word; he helped feed and wash Osh. Osh is a 16 year old, 11,000 lb elephant who lives at the zoo. Tony Stewart is known for his love of animals and children and I am sure he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help with the mammoth beast, while promoting a new ticket package for nearby Infineon Raceway (I will get more into the ticket package in a minute). I actually have never been to the Oakland zoo and live about 2 hours south of it. I would have LOVED to been able to pull off a trip to Oakland on Thursday to watch the Q&A and watch Tony interact with some of the animals, but unfortunately a multitude of factors including nasty weather and that thing called WORK got in the way of that. Well that and I am a big chicken when it comes to driving in the Bay Area…so the idea of traveling up in the Bay Area in nasty weather pretty much put the final knife in the back of that trip.
However, I can point you over to this great article written by Jerry Wilson about the event for the Examiner. And I just want to point out one thing: when Jerry said that there was to be no autograph signing by Stewart…he isn’t kidding. I know because when I was originally trying to work it out so I could go- I asked the marketing department for Infineon for more details about the event and that was one of the questions I asked and they made it very clear that Stewart would NOT be signing autographs at the event. So it warms the heart of this Stewart fan to know that amid Tony’s very busy day (seriously just following the tweets of all his media obligations up in the big city made me tired) that he took the time to stop and sign autographs for the children in attendance. Everyone say it with me…AWWWW!
Anyway- on to the “Trackside With Tony” ticket package for Infineon Raceway. The package includes a Sunday ticket in any area, a saturday ticket in Turn 7, Saturday access to the Club 7 Lounge in turn 7 (which is worth it because it can be HOT there at Infineon- and you might want to find a place out of the sun for awhile), and access to a private Q&A session with Tony Stewart in Club 7. All for $114. The best part of the ticket package is some of the proceeds of the ticket benefit The Tony Stewart Foundation and their work with animals, children, and injured drivers! That is actually a great price…considering you get Saturday and Sunday tickets and are helping Tony help endangered animals, ill children and injured drivers and their families. Click here for ticket information or you can call
For those who aren’t familiar with the track: Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California is home to one of the only two road courses on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. It’s located in what many California’s consider “wine country” and is surrounded by vineyards and wineries. It’s actually not that far from me- all things considered and I have been to the track before and even sat in Turn 7 (a great view). So if you want to head to California wine country for a race and possibly some wine- and are a Tony Stewart fan, this package is right up your alley.