Bank of America, the Official Bank of NASCAR®, and Charlotte Motor Speedway today announced that five-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Aaron Peirsol will serve as the honorary grand marshal for the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM race Saturday, Oct. 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"Bank of America has been such a huge supporter of my Olympic journey," said Peirsol. "When they invited me to come to Charlotte Motor Speedway and be the Honorary Grand Marshal for the Bank of America 500, I was thrilled to get my first chance to make the start-command and get up close and personal with the action at one of the most exciting races in NASCAR."

A veteran of three Olympic Games, Peirsol excelled this summer in Beijing, bringing home gold in the 100 meter men's backstroke and the 4 x 100 meter medley relay, as well as a silver medal in the 200 meter men's backstroke. In his career, he has amassed a total of five gold and two silver medals.

Peirsol is part of the Bank of America Hometown Hopefuls program, an initiative that provides financial support and invaluable marketing exposure to U.S. Olympic athletes and hopefuls. The 25-year-old California native and avid surfer is also the founder of Race for the Oceans, an initiative to raise awareness about the threats facing the world's oceans by providing a forum for swimmers and swimming fans to "dive in" to ocean conservation.

Olympian to Visit Race Fans in the Stands

During the race, Aaron Peirsol will be among the stars to visit the fans in the Bank of America Turn 4 Club seating section at LMS, along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya and Reed Sorenson.

Fans have a few more days, until Oct. 8, to receive two free tickets to the Turn 4 Club by simply opening a NASCAR Banking® checking account and applying for a NASCAR Banking® credit card. Fans can visit one of 64 participating area Bank of America banking centers to sign up for the unique NASCAR-themed check cards, checks and credit cards and receive their tickets.

With NASCAR Banking, fans can use their personal check card or credit card to earn NASCAR RacePoints® rewards redeemable for officially licensed merchandise, tickets and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. One such fan is this year's Bank of America 500 honorary starter Randy Overman, a Round Rock, Texas, native whose wife, Azucena, redeemed points to give him the gift of waving the green flag. The redemption of this NASCAR RacePoints® reward marks the first time a NASCAR® Banking customer will have the honor of waving the green flag to start the Bank of America 500.

Rounding out the lineup for the Bank of America 500 pre-race festivities will be singer/songwriter, actress and reality television star Jessica Simpson who will perform the national anthem. Simpson, whose new country album, Do You Know, debuted No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart last month, will also perform a 40-minute concert prior to driver introductions.

Affordable tickets for the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500, round five of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, are available by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455 FANS or online.