"American Idol" Stars to Perform at Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend.
Friday, May 21, 2004
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (May 25, 2004) - Coca-Cola is again bringing stars from the hit show "American Idol" to perform in front of roughly 200,000 NASCAR fans at the 20th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Eight of the 10 finalists from the current "American Idol" series will be on hand to perform the national anthem on Sunday, May 30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. In addition, the eight American Idols also will be at the Coca-Cola stage at Food Lion Speed Street at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 29. The American Idol finalists will include: La Toya London, Oakland, Calif.; Jasmine Trias, Mililani, HI.; John Stevens, East Amherst, N.Y.; George Huff, New Orleans, La.; Jennifer Hudson, Chicago, Ill.; Jon Peter Lewis, Rexburg, ID.; Camile Velasco, Haiku, Maui, HI.; and Amy Adams, Bakersfield, Calif. "As the popularity of NASCAR and 'American Idol' both continue to grow, we are excited to provide a special treat for NASCAR fans on Memorial Day weekend by having the American Idols participate in The Coca-Cola 600 pre-race festivities," said Beatriz Perez, vice president sports marketing, Coca-Cola North America. Television coverage of the 2004 Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. EDT on FOX. The race is set to start around 5:40 p.m., and can also be heard on the radio on the Performance Racing Network (PRN). Coca-Cola classic is the Official Soft Drink of NASCAR and the sponsor of the Coca-Cola 600, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Through its association with tracks and race teams, The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners have been involved in NASCAR for more than 30 years. The Company sponsored cars from 1969-76 and 1990-94 under the Coca-Cola and Mello Yello brands, respectively.