The multi-platinum genre bending country music duo and Grammy nominated Big & Rich will perform the National Anthem for the 49th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 at historic Daytona International Speedway. (Big Kenny) and John Rich formed Big & Rich in 1998 and the duo has released two chart-topping albums - "Horse Of A Different Color" and "Comin' To Your City" - and has another album due out by the middle of 2007. "We're excited to add Big & Rich to the growing list of stars attending the Daytona 500," said Speedway President Robin Braig. "The Daytona 500 is 'The Great American Race' and we're proud to have Big & Rich sing the National Anthem before thousands of race fans and a nationally televised audience on FOX." Also participating in Daytona 500 pre-ceremonies will be actor Nicolas Cage as Grand Marshal, singer Kelly Clarkson in the NEXTEL Tribute To America and baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. as Daytona 500 pace car driver. Past national anthem singers for the Daytona 500 - the biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR race - include Fergie, Vanessa Williams, LeAnn Rimes and Mariah Carey. Tickets to all exciting events at Daytona International Speedway are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.