August 19, 2007 on ESPN
Musician Jimmie Vaughan To Perform National Anthem
Michigan International Speedway
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Mich. -- Stepping away from the traditional singing
of the national anthem, contemporary blues musician Jimmie
Vaughan will perform a guitar rendition of the patriotic
tune during pre-race festivities for the 3M Performance
400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 19 at
Michigan International Speedway.
to performing the national anthem, Vaughan will perform
Saturday, Aug. 18 in the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza during
the 3M Car Care Auto Fair. Mainly known for his ability
to defy expectations of modern blues music, the former
Fabulous Thunderbirds member is also a classic car enthusiast.
the national anthem at the 3M Performance 400 is a privilege
for me," Vaughan said. "People know me for my
passion of music, but another true love of mine is cars.
Just attending this event would be cool, but to have the
opportunity to play at an event like this, in front of
thousands of NASCAR fans and surrounded by incredible
cars, is really exciting."
the contemporary blues musician has released four solo
albums, but throughout his storied career he has also
recorded and performed with other famous musicians including
B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Bill Carter, Carlos Santana, Denny
Freeman, Don Henley, Eric Clapton, Lou Ann Barton, and
also become a leading designer of classic and custom cars,
and his work has been featured in Rod & Custom, Rodder's
Journal, and Custom Rodder. His first restoration was
a 1951 Chevrolet Fleetwood.
The 3M Performance
400 weekend is the perfect time for Vaughan to perform
the national anthem, as Chevrolet will commemorate the
50th anniversary of the 1957 Chevy. Eleven NEXTEL Cup
Series drivers will feature special paint schemes in celebration
of the classic car's milestone. The Team Chevy drivers
include Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon,
Jimmie Johnson, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Paul Menard,
Tony Raines, Martin Truex Jr., Kenny Wallace, and J.J.
tour opening for Bob Dylan, Vaughan's upcoming album with
Omar Kent Dykes, "On the Jimmy Reed Highway,"
will be in stores Aug. 21. The 3M Car Care Auto Fair will
be located in the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza behind the
center grandstand. The fair will run Saturday and Sunday
from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is free to race fans. Make
sure to stop by the Fair Saturday, Aug. 18 to see Vaughan's
performance, and catch his unique guitar rendition of
the national anthem on Sunday, Aug. 19 during the 3M Performance
400 pre-race festivities.
the 3M Performance 400 weekend at MIS, including the CARFAX
250 Busch Series race on Aug. 18 and the 3M Performance
400 NEXTEL Cup Series race on Aug. 19, are available by
calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010 or by visiting
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