Southern California Native Kina Grannis To Perform National Anthem Prior To The Auto Club 500

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Southern California native and winner of Doritos "Crash the Super Bowl" music challenge, Kina Grannis will perform the National Anthem prior to the Auto Club 500, Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced today.

"NASCAR has built a reputation on drivers and crews who prove time-and-time again that hard work and passion pay off with success," said Zucker.  "We are thrilled to be able to provide a national platform on FOX for a local star to continue to pursue her dream of a career in professional music."

A native of Mission Viejo, CA and graduate of the University of Southern California, Grannis rose to national prominence this month by winning the Doritos "Crash the Super Bowl" music challenge - an online contest among unsigned artists hoping for a chance to be discovered.  Her original song "Message From Your Heart" was chosen by fans as their favorite music entry and aired as a 60-second music video during the game's commercial broadcast. As a result of winning the promotion, the 22-year-old singer/songwriter also signed a recording contract with Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

NASCAR returns to Auto Club Speedway from February 22-24 for the Auto Club 500 weekend.  For more information about the race weekend at Auto Club Speedway, please visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.  To purchase tickets to the Auto Club 500 weekend 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 and feature a special pre-race concert by blues-rock legends ZZ Top.  Fans are encouraged to come early to races and take advantage of all the attractions in the Opportunity, California FanZone including the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Show featuring a performance by George Thorogood and the Destroyers.  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.

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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