2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden will return to his AMA flat track roots as Grand Marshal for the Indy Mile on August 28th.

Hayden, in Indianapolis for the MotoGP race, will travel across town to the legendary Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to meet the thousands of dirt-track fans who will gather to watch the "Crown Jewel" of flat track racing.

The announcement of Hayden as Grand Marshall is in honour of his outstanding motorcycle racing career to date.

Riding since three years old, racing since five and a winner of 15 amateur titles, Hayden made motorcycle racing his professional career in 1997.

It was at the Indy Mile in 1999 that he picked up the Rookie of the Year award from the AMA Pro Grand National Championship.

Despite a limited dirt track racing career, Hayden won a total of six Grand National Championship races on Short Track, TT and Half-Mile tracks.

Soon concentrating on a road racing career, Hayden went on to win 17 AMA Superbike races and the 2002 championship, in addition to 6 AMA Supersport races and the 1999 championship, 5 Superstock wins and the 1998 Champion, plus 7 AMA Formula Xtreme victories.

Since joining MotoGP in 2003, Hayden has won three races, taken 26 podiums and won the 2006 world championship.

"We're honoured to have a U.S. and World Champion such as Nicky Hayden serve as Grand Marshal," said Mike Moore, president of The Promotion Company-Family Events, producers of the Lucas Oil Indy Mile.

"It's a fitting tribute to Nicky's many accomplishments, especially here at the legendary Indy Mile where he was first honoured as a rookie."

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