Zac Brown Band to Headline NASCAR Festival
Hot on the heels of their debut at No. 1 on the all-genre album charts with 'You Get What You Give,' the Zac Brown Band are adding even more speed to their red-hot career. The country-rockers will celebrate the end of the NASCAR 2010 season by headlining a special two-day fan fest in November.
Dubbed NASCAR Champion Drive, the free event, held in Miami November 18 and 19, is NASCAR's way to thank its incomparably large fan base. The weekend's agenda includes the series-crowning Ford Championship race at the Homestead Miami Speedway, as well as a concert by the Zac Brown Band. Other perks include a cook-off, interactive displays, a question-and-answer segment for NASCAR fans and race car simulators, and more musical guests expected to be announced soon.
The Zac Brown Band, who played at both the October 2009 Talladega race and the 2010 Bud Shoot-out, are thrilled to headline the event. "We're excited to be a part of the NASCAR Championship Drive," Zac tells NASCAR.com. "Over the past few years we've had the opportunity to participate in a few NASCAR events and it's always fun for the whole band. Not only does everyone make us feel at home when we're on the track but we have a great respect for the sport itself."
Zac's love of NASCAR goes way back. "I've been watching racing for 10 years, but it goes back even further," he says,. "Even when Kyle Petty was racing the Peak antifreeze car, my dad ran a hardware company that carried the Peak antifreeze and they got us down to the track and that was my first race."
The Zac Brown Band are the latest in a long line of country artists who have teamed up with NASCAR. Keith Urban, Rodney Atkins, Bucky Covington, Vince Gill, Chris Young and Love & Theft are just a few of the country stars who have performed at NASCAR races. Gretchen Wilson's hit single, 'Work Hard, Play Harder,' was the theme song for the NASCAR Ford 400 season-finale Sprint Cup Race, while Blake Shelton, acting in partnership with ESPN.com, offered drivers unsolicited -- and humorous -- advice at the Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this year.
The ZBB bandmates, who are nominated for four CMA Awards this year, were in our studio the morning after finding out they'd scored the No. 1 on both the Billboard Top Country Album and Billboard 200 charts. "It's just getting ridiculous at this point ... all the milestones that keep coming to us, and this is such a tremendous one," Zac told The Boot. "It's an amazing blessing. We're proud to be lifetime musicians and a band that lives like a band and loves the music and gives our lives to it."
The band, who will also perform at the CMA Awards, are also working tirelessly to gain support for the troops via their 'Letter for Lyrics' campaign, with a goal of having one million letters sent to soldiers stationed overseas.