Vice President Dick Cheney will attend the 48th annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race scheduled for Saturday, July 1, at historic Daytona International Speedway, Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig announced.
Vice President Cheney will speak to race fans during pre-race ceremonies for the mid-summer classic as well as meet NASCAR drivers, teams and executives during his visit to "The World Center of Racing."
"We're honored that Vice President Cheney will visit Daytona International Speedway and participate in Pepsi 400 pre-race festivities," Braig said. "Vice President Cheney continues the tradition of high-profile elected officials that have visited the 'World Center of Racing'. "
In the 1984 Pepsi 400, the late President Ronald Reagan gave the starting command from Air Force One. Reagan, who became the first sitting President to attend a NASCAR race, witnessed Richard Petty earn his 200th NASCAR win.
President George H.W. Bush attended the 1992 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, and current President George W. Bush served as the Grand Marshal for the DAYTONA 500 during his 2004 presidential campaign.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld attended last year's 2005 Pepsi 400.