Saturday, May 12, 2012
GRAMMY Winning Country Music Icon Tim McGraw to Announce Top 10 Qualifiers at Coca-Cola 600
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- GRAMMY Award winning country music megastar Tim McGraw will join a star-studded celebrity lineup at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 53rd running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 27 when he introduces the Top 10 qualifiers before the race.
The country superstar will introduce the Top 10 drivers based on qualifying times from LiftMaster Pole Day on May 24. In addition, McGraw, a brand ambassador for Pennzoil, will help shed light on the company’s Long Live Cars campaign.
“People love cars; they name them, take pictures with them and form deep personal connections with them, and we want people to know they can trust Pennzoil to make exceptional motor oils because we love cars, too,” said Bree Sandlin, Pennzoil global brand manager. “The Long Love Cars campaign is a celebration of drivers and their cars. Everything we are doing this year is geared to talking about that love in bigger ways than ever before. ”
As part of the campaign, Pennzoil will donate $100,000 over the next two years to Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Mission: ABLE, which retrofits vehicles for handicapped veterans. It is a mission that closely aligns with Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Let Freedom Race theme throughout the Coca-Cola 600 race weekend.
Retro-fitting often includes removing seats and installing hand-controls or mounting ramps to help disabled veterans better access and drive their vehicles.
“We all know and love that sense of freedom you get behind the wheel of a car,” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America and automobile enthusiast. “Multiply that feeling of freedom by a million, and that’s what it feels like to be able to drive again after being paralyzed. It really does give you back your independence.”
Fans can show their support for military service men and women throughout the Coca-Cola 600 Let Freedom Race weekend, with weekend packages starting at just $99. To purchase tickets, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway Ticket Office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or log on to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. For all the latest news from the speedway, “Like” the track on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway or follow Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cltmotorspdwy.
About Tim McGraw
Over the course of his illustrious career, McGraw has sold more than 40 million albums, amassed 32 chart-topping singles and collected three GRAMMY Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association awards, 10 American Music awards and three People's Choice awards, among other accolades.
In addition to being one of country music’s all-time greatest performers, McGraw has found success on the silver screen, appearing in, among other films, Academy Award-nominated The Blind Side (2009), Four Christmases (2008) and Friday Night Lights (2004).