Bank of America 500 Pit Note #10
Pre-Race "Firsts" for Tonight's Bank of America 500
There will be several "first-time" events scheduled during the pre-race ceremonies for tonight's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Race fans with a driver intro/concert pass are permitted to come out onto the frontstretch and pit road for the Jessica Simpson concert. There will not be an age restriction, so children can take part in the festivities with their parents. The second "first" is that there will be two NASCAR Sprint Cup show cars on pit road for fans to view up close. The No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch and the No. 88 Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be on display. The third "first" will feature two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Randy LaJoie, who will be on pit road greeting race fans. The final "first" of the evening will kick off the Bank of America 500 with a bang as fireworks launch from the top of the Diamond Tower Grandstand during the first parade lap as the cars leave pit road.
Also during pre-race activities, several political dignitaries will speak including Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, along with North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole and Charlotte's mayor and candidate for governor, Pat McCrory. Five-time Olympic medal winner Aaron Peirsol will visit with the media. Said Peirsol, "This is my first NASCAR race. I get to experience riding a pace lap. Everything has been real exciting and amazing."
Moment of Silence for T. Taylor Warren
The NASCAR community lost one of its all-time great contributors this week when T. Taylor Warren passed away Wednesday at the age of 83. During pre-race activities this evening before the Bank of America 500, there will be a moment of silence in honor of the legendary photographer.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
In an afternoon press conference, officials from the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced a continuation of programs to help raise awareness and donations for a "Race for the Cure." Over the past 25 years, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has raised more than $1.2 billion to help eradicate breast cancer.
As part of the program, Sprint Cup drivers Bobby Labonte, Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch will all race pink cars in tonight's Bank of America 500. Their respective sponsors have also been involved in the program. General Mills will continue with its "Pink Together" promotion that will feature certain brands in pink packages. They have donated more than $4 million to date. Stanley Tools has changed its logo and will donate $100,000. M&M Mars brand will donate $650,000 this year and also has donated $4 million to date.
Race fans can also be a part of the Race for the Cure program by attending the "Komen On The Go" educational trailer located at Charlotte Motor Speedway, buying the pink "Go Pink Or Go Home" merchandise, or using their phones to text Komen 90999 to make a $5.00 donation.