NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music sensation and avid NASCAR fan Chris Cagle will "get his NASCAR on" when he sings the national anthem prior to the start of the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 25. In addition to performing during Saturday’s race, Cagle also will ride "shotgun" with friend and NASCAR driver Mike Wallace, when Cagle's image appears on the decklid of Wallace’s No. 01 G&K Services Chevrolet car.
"Just being in Daytona during the kick-off of the NASCAR racing season is a big deal, but when I found out I was going to be featured on the car, it was unbelievable! On top of that, getting the call to sing our National Anthem before the Nationwide Series race...it's a dream come true!," Cagle expressed.
“We’re looking forward to having Chris rev up our fans with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem prior to the DRIVE4COPD 300,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “His performance only enhances the already stellar line-up of entertainment on hand for Speedweeks 2012.”
Cagle plans to enjoy the monumental day with his wife Kay. "I am a huge NASCAR fan and a dear friend to Mike Wallace and his family! This is going to be an amazing day for me and something I never thought I'd have the opportunity to do! I'm going to enjoy every single moment, not to mention, the pleasure of introducing my wife to one of the greatest spectator sports that America has to offer," said Cagle.
Tickets for Speedweeks 2012 events, including the DRIVE4COPD 300 and the 54th annual Daytona 500, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway). In addition, fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #DRIVE4COPD300 and #DAYTONA500.
About Chris Cagle:
Born in DeRidder, La., and raised "all over," Chris Cagle was signed to Virgin Records by Scott Hendricks in 2000. Chris quickly earned critical and commercial success and attracted a legion of fans that included industry heavyweights and country fans alike. His first number one smash, “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” remains a fan favorite. From 2000-2008, he released an almost nonstop catalog of chart-topping songs, but in 2008, Chris bowed out and retreated to Marietta, Oklahoma, a place where he could reconnect with his roots and take a break from the industry. He spent the next couple of years staking his claim on home life and embracing a lifelong dream: building his family’s home, “Big Horse Ranch,” with his own two hands, nail by nail.
Cagle's musical character and burning ambition never wavered and 2012's album is, in more ways than one, a new lease on life. The new record is his homecoming – a rekindling of his creative flame and a roaring reminder of his rock-infused country roots. Chris' music has been firing people up for over a decade, and this time around, Chris is chomping at the bit for an energetic reintroduction to the country music community that’s been a long time coming.
For full list of upcoming tour date visit: www.chriscagle.com/tour
“Got My Country On” single, ringtone and the rest of Chris’ musical catalog is available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/n67Fj5
Watch the “Got My Country On” music video here: http://bit.ly/oC5H2F
To learn more about Chris, visit: www.chriscagle.com/about