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Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association
Ivan “Ironman” Stewart to appear at the
Cleveland Auto Show
Cleveland, OH (February 19, 2013) –Off-road racing fans will get their chance to meet the legendary Ivan “Ironman” Stewart at the Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com. Stewart will be at the Toyota display during the Show on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24 for two half-hour appearances at noon and 2 p.m. both days.
With a total of 82 victories in off-road events, including 17 wins in the Baja 500 and three wins in the grueling Baja 1000, Stewart personifies the term “Ironman.” His legendary career got its start in 1973 when he was slated to co-drive in the Ensenada 300 in a Class 1-2 buggy. His driver broke his leg, so Stewart drove the car and won the race. In another legendary off-road feat, Stewart won the Baja 1000 in the overall, driving a four-wheel vehicle solo. He is the only person so far to do so.
Stewart joined the Toyota factory team in 1983 driving for Cal Wells at Precision Preparation Inc. In addition to his victories in the Baja events, Stewart and his teammates won Team Toyota 82 victories, including a record 17 races in Mickey Thompson’s Entertainment Group’s (MTEG) stadium series. He has won ten point championships, including four Score World Championships and three MTEG Championships. In total, Stewart and his teammates won Team Toyota 11 manufacturer’s championships and 42 main event victories, nearly three times more than any other truck team.
While he retired from racing in 2000, Stewart continued his off-road career as one of the founders of the ProTruck Racing Organization. Stewart’s racing success helped Toyota trucks achieve acclaim in the U.S. Market. Toyota even developed several Ivan Stewart “Ironman” edition trucks with Toyota Racing Development Wheels, grilles, superchargers and special interior packages.
Even gamers recognize Stewart from his success as a licensor of his name in a series of off-road video games entitled “Super Off Road.” He also authored “Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Ultimate Off-Road Adventure Guide.” In 2006, Stewart was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
And while you’re at the Toyota display, don’t forget to check out Toyota Tundra trucks, including the half-ton Tundra that towed the space shuttle Endeavor. You’ll also be able to see Toyota Furia Concept, as well as the NS4 Advanced Plug-In Hybrid Concept vehicle. There will also be vehicles from the Toyota Racing Dream Challenge.
The Cleveland Auto Show opens its doors to the public at the I-X Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, and runs through Sunday March 3, 2013. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10.50 for seniors and pre-teens. Children six and under get in free. Parking is free for the duration of the show, courtesy of your franchised new motor vehicle dealers.
If you would like more information on the Cleveland Auto Show, or if you would like to purchase e-tickets online with no convenience charge courtesy of Huntington Bank, head to www.clevelandautoshow.com, and click on “Buy Tickets”.
About the Cleveland Auto Show
The Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com, marks the start of the spring selling season in Northeast Ohio. Featuring concept, pre- production and production vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers, the show is held annually at the I-X Center with nearly 1.2 million square feet of exhibits. The Show also features an array of entertainment including sports celebrity appearances from the Browns, Cavs, OSU and NASCAR. The Cleveland Auto Show is a consumer show and a favorite family tradition since 1903.
About the GCADA
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