Bank of America 500 Pit Note #5
Cindy McCain Named Honorary Race Director for Tomorrow's Bank of America 500
Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John McCain, will visit Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 11, and serve as Honorary Race Director for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500. She is scheduled to attend the NSCS driver/crew chief meeting that afternoon and will participate in driver introductions prior to the start of the race.
McCain is chair of Hensley & Co., founded by her father, which is one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the United States. She founded and ran a non-profit organization, the American Voluntary Medical Team, from 1988 to 1995 that organized trips by medical personnel to disaster-struck or war-torn third-world areas. She continues to be an active philanthropist and serves on the boards of several charitable organizations. McCain has also been active in her husband's presidential campaign.
Jessica Simpson Tours Charlotte Motor Speedway
Singer/songwriter, actress and reality television star, Jessica Simpson, visited Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon. Simpson recorded an interview for television show Entertainment Tonight before finding out first-hand what it was like to perform on a NASCAR pit crew.
Simpson went to Victory Lane where she changed a front tire on the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing/Holiday Inn Nationwide Series car. Two RCR crew members, P.J. Bryant and Eric Pringle, along with driver Scott Wimmer, demonstrated the tire change before Simpson tried her hand. She was amazed at the precision that the team had to have during a pit stop, and how powerful the air gun used to change the tires was. The crew explained a pit stop and the procedure. She then donned a pair of crew gloves and proceeded to change the tire with the help of the crew.
Simpson then made her way into the Nationwide Series garage area where she toured the team's hauler and posed for some photos with a handicapped young man.
Simpson is scheduled to perform a 40-minute concert during pre-race activities before Saturday night's Bank of America 500. The concert is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. on a stage located on the frontstretch of Charlotte Motor Speedway. She will also perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Bank of America 500.