Dr. James Dobson, founder of the non-profit group Focus on the Family and host of the radio program “Family Talk,” will give the invocation for the 51st running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Dr. Dobson founded Focus on the Family, a global Christian ministry founded in 1977 dedicated to helping families thrive. As part of his role in the organization, he produced “Focus on the Family,” a daily radio program which, according to the organization, was broadcast in more than a dozen languages and on more than 7,000 stations worldwide. In early 2010, Dobson founded Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his new radio program, “Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson.”

"NASCAR is Americana on parade,” said Dr. Dobson. “I'm relatively new to the sport, being a lifelong football fanatic, but I have recently become fascinated with NASCAR. It will be my honor to pray at this year's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway."

Dr. Dobson served on the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised three U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development.

Dr. Dobson is the author of numerous best-selling books dedicated to the preservation of the family, including “The New Dare to Discipline;” “Love for a Lifetime;” “Life on the Edge;” “The New Strong-Willed Child;” “Bringing Up Boys;” and most recently “Bringing Up Girls.”

Tickets for upcoming races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS. Friends and family four-pack tickets start at just $39.75 per person for the May 30 Coca-Cola 600.

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