Community Heroes Izzy Nelson and Brian Beck named as Grand Marshals for Toyota Owners 400

Richmond Raceway and Toyota announced today that Community Heroes Izzy Nelson and her uncle, Brian Beck, from Special Olympics Virginia will serve as the Grand Marshals and give the command to fire engines for the Toyota Owners 400.

“It’s incredibly exciting to have our beloved community heroes Izzy and Brian say the most famous words in motorsports before we go night racing on Sunday,” said Richmond Raceway President Lori Collier Waran. “We’re so thankful for our partnership with the Richmond Area Toyota Dealers that allows us to spotlight some of the finest folks we have in our Greater Richmond community.”

Richmond Raceway and the Richmond Area Toyota Dealers have been giving loyal Toyota Owners VIP experiences with the Toyota Owners 400 for over a decade. Izzy started as a volunteer with Special Olympics because of her uncle, Brian, who has been a Special Olympics athlete for over 35 years. Izzy turned that volunteerism into a career and is now a Director of Events for Special Olympics Virginia.

Special Olympics Virginia’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

The Toyota Owners 400 will be contested at 7 p.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31 as NASCAR’s best compete for a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Richmond Raceway’s Easter weekend will also include the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 150 on Friday, March 29, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ ToyotaCare 250 on Saturday, March 30.

Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets now at

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