Hollywood movie stars Zac Efron, best known for his role in High School Musical, and Emmy-nominated actor Dennis Quaid, will be at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, on Saturday, July 16, taping scenes for an untitled racing movie.
Fans are invited to be part of the movie magic. Tickets for the Prairie Meadows 200 ARCA Series Stock Car and Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races are on sale for $25 at www.iowaspeedway.com/ZacandDennis. Fans purchasing tickets online will be entered into a drawing, and 100 lucky winners will have the chance to participate in the pre-race festivities — and could appear in the crowd scenes in the movie!
The film is an untitled, Iowa-based movie starring Efron as a rural teen aspiring to become a professional racecar driver; Quaid plays Efron’s father in the film. Producers will shoot Efron walking across the pre-race stage, Quaid cheering from the stands, and stock car racing footage during the Prairie Meadows 200 scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
The film’s director, Ramin Bahrani, is a North Carolina-native — declared the “director of the decade” in 2010 by American film critic Roger Ebert — who is best known for his previous projects Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo and Plastic Bag.
“There are a lot of race tracks in America and we are very excited that Mr. Bahrani chose Iowa Speedway as the set for his movie,” says Iowa Speedway President Jerry Jauron. “I hope fans will take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see A-list celebrities and be part of a movie. Let’s show the film crew what Midwestern hospitality is all about!”
Iowa Speedway PR