Every Race Fan's Crazy About A Sharp Dressed Band

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Legendary blues rock trio ZZ Top will perform a special concert on Sunday, February 24, during the pre-race festivities at Auto Club Speedway's 2008 Auto Club 500, Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced today.  The concert will be free to all those in attendance for the 2008 West Coast Premiere of NASCAR.  Fans who have pit passes for the race will be able to view the concert from the best seats in the house, on the track itself.

"From a performance by rock legends ZZ Top to the Southern California debut of the Car of Tomorrow, the 2008 Auto Club 500 is quickly shaping up to be our best race ever," said Zucker.  "Fans are going to be in for one incredible weekend."

One of the most recognizable bands in American music thanks to their signature beards and dark sunglasses, Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard formed ZZ Top in 1969 and have maintained their original lineup for more than four decades.  The trio has toured throughout the world, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Known to their legions of fans as "That Little Ol' Band From Texas", ZZ Top has sold more than 60 million records, and boast six singles that reached No. 1 on Billboard's rock chart.  The band's third album, 1973's "Tres Hombres", features the single "La Grange", which is highlighted by one of rock's most signature riffs.  That album kicked off a streak of 11 consecutive albums that have gone gold or platinum, including 1983's "Eliminator" which has sold more than 10 million copies and features hits like "Legs", "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Sharp Dressed Man".

To purchase tickets to the Auto Club 500 and ZZ Top's pre-race concert at Auto Club Speedway, please call 800-944-RACE or log on to www.racetickets.com.  The 2008 Auto Club 500 weekend will mark the highly anticipated Southern California debut of the Car of Tomorrow. 

Fans are encouraged to come early to races and take advantage of all the attractions in the Opportunity, California FanZone.  Opportunity, California FanZone is a multi-million dollar facility enhancement including delicious food at Apex by Wolfgang Puck, the Speedway's official retail store called Impulse, amazing sounds of live bands at the entertainment stage, and shade and leisure areas.  For more information visit www.autoclubspeedway.com

Auto Club Speedway is owned by International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events annually. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.iscmotorsports.com.

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