“CARS 2” Star Larry the Cable Guy Honorary Pace Car Driver for Coca-Cola 600 – Blue-collar comedian and the voice of Mater in the upcoming Disney-Pixar movie “CARS 2,” Larry the Cable Guy, will serve as the honorary pace car driver for Sunday’s 52nd running of the Coca-Cola 600. He will also participate in several other pre-race activities including attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers meeting.

 Charlotte Motor Speedway will celebrate the June 24 opening of “CARS 2” with a special display of full-size replica cars of Lightning McQueen and Mater for race fans on Sunday morning.

Jamie McMurray Shares Feelings on Joplin, Mo., Tornado Tragedy – NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray held a press conference Saturday in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Center to talk about the recent tornadoes that struck his hometown of Joplin, Mo.

“I really appreciate all of the guys calling and texting and asking if my family was okay,” said McMurray. “My family has all moved to North Carolina, but we still have friends there. I had heard there was a tornado in Joplin but my first reaction was that there is a tornado in Joplin every year. So, I turned The Weather Channel on and realized what had happened. My mom had heard some of the stories. It’s just amazing to look at all of the pictures and see the damage going on and see the destruction and what’s happened to Joplin. All of the friends I know there seem to be okay right now.

“When you see the pictures, it just makes it more real,” said McMurray. “It’s incredible to see the damage the tornado did. All of the sponsors called and asked what they could do. Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops was one of the first to call me and ask what we could do to help the people of Joplin. He is partnered with the Convoy of Hope, which is located in Springfield, Mo., and they have helped with Katrina. I had a friend call and say they needed gloves to help with the search, and Irwin tools that are partnered with Roush sent 250 pairs of gloves. A lot of the other sponsors and crew guys and drivers all came to me and asked what they could do to help. I thought that was pretty cool.”

McMurray also commented about the places he grew up.

“The high school that was destroyed is the high school I attended. But, I wasn’t born in St. John Hospital,” said McMurray. “They showed pictures of the neighborhood I grew up in, and it was gone. I had a friend text me pictures of the house I grew up in; he said the only part of the house that was left was the address on the front wall. When you look at pictures of the house, there is no background. It’s hard to figure what you are looking at.”

McMurray wrapped up, stating, “Joplin is home to me…just the way it was. For a long time, it will be about Joplin.”