The celebration for the 50th running of the Daytona 500 will start a little earlier during the Pepsi 400 Weekend July -5-7 at historic Daytona International Speedway.

Former Daytona 500 champions including 2007 winner Kevin Harvick, 1980 winner Buddy Baker, 1960 winner Junior Johnson, 1990 winner Derrike Cope and 1970 winner Pete Hamilton will participate in a special ceremony at DAYTONA USA Friday, July 6 at 11 a.m.

Harvick will have his hands, right foot and signature immortalized in cement for the Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame while former Daytona 500 champions Baker, Johnson, Cope and Hamilton will have their right foot immortalized in cement for the Goodyear Heritage of Daytona exhibit.

On Saturday, July 7 in the NEXTEL FANZONE, Daytona 500 champions, including seven-time winner Richard Petty, three-time winner Bobby Allison, 1989 winner Darrell Waltrip, Johnson and Hamilton, will participate in question-and-answer sessions with race fans.

"We hope our race fans enjoy these 50th Daytona 500 special activities during the Pepsi 400 Weekend and make their plans to return next February for the most anticipated racing event in history," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. "These unique opportunities with these legendary drivers will give race fans a chance to look back on many of the great moments in the 'The Great American Race.' "

The ceremony at DAYTONA USA will take place inside the motorsports attraction and is included in the attraction admission ($24 for adults, $19 for seniors and children under six) while the question-and-answer sessions at the NEXTEL FANZONE are included in the $60 Pre-Race Access/NEXTEL FANZONE pass.

For the latest details on the 50th Daytona 500 celebration during the Pepsi 400 Weekend July 5-7, race fans can visit Tickets for the 50th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17 as well as Pepsi 400 Weekend events are still available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or by calling