NASCAR Team Owner, Breast Cancer Survivors, Military Personnel and Country Music Star Among Distinguished Dignitaries Taking Part in Bank of America 500 Weekend
Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion team owner Joe Gibbs will serve as the honorary pace car driver for Saturday's 57th annual Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, joining a diverse list of dignitaries set to take the stage during the action-packed weekend. Gibbs - whose cars won the 1994, 2000 and '03 Bank of America 500s - will help lead the field to green for the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Accomplished country music singer-songwriter Danielle Peck, a Jacksonville, North Carolina, native, will sing the national anthem for Saturday's race. Below is a list of all dignitaries for the Bank of America 500 race weekend: Thursday, Oct. 6 - Bojangles' Pole Night God Bless America: Tammie Davis Presentation of Colors: UNC-Charlotte Air Force ROTC Detachment Color Guard Invocation: Monty Self National Anthem: Jaiden Huffman Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150 Grand Marshal: Jerry Cook Friday, Oct. 7 - Drive for The Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Honorary Starter: Lisa Cade, Chief Service Operations Officer BCBS of NC & Breast Cancer Survivor Grand Marshals: Fara Palumbo, BCBS of NC Employee and Breast Cancer Survivor Jackie Carter, BCBS of NC Employee and Breast Cancer Survivor Liz Taylor, BCBS of NC Employee and Breast Cancer Survivor Robin Hill, BCBS of NC Employee and Breast Cancer Survivor Presentation of Colors: UNC-Charlotte Air Force ROTC Detachment Color Guard Invocation: Nick Terry, Motor Racing Outreach National Anthem: Star Swain Saturday, Oct. 8 - Bank of America 500 Honorary Starter: Blayne Smith, Executive Director, Team Red, White & Blue Grand Marshals: The USO of North Carolina Pace car driver: NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs Presentation of Colors: UNC-Charlotte Air Force ROTC Detachment Color Guard Invocation: Billy Mauldin, President and CEO, Motor Racing Outreach God Bless America: Bronson Hadder National Anthem: Danielle Peck TICKETS: Fans can buy tickets to the Oct. 6-8 Bank of America 500 race weekend by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or visiting http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/. Tickets are also available at the speedway ticket office. Weekend passes start at just $99 and Chase University passes for college students cost just $24. Children 13 and under get in FREE to Bojangles' Pole Night on Oct. 6 and the Oct. 7 Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Kids' tickets start at only $10 for the Bank of America 500. KEEP TRACK: Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with the latest news by downloading the mobile app.