FONTANA, Calif. (March 11, 2019) – Daytime Emmy® Award-winner, singer, actress and entrepreneur Adrienne Houghton will perform the National Anthem at the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 17. Pre-race coverage begins at 11:50 a.m. and will be televised on FOX. The Auto Club 400 starts at 12:30 p.m.
Houghton is a co-host of the Emmy-nominated and NAACP Image Award– winning, THE REAL, the one-hour, daily talk show on Fox Television Stations. Houghton, who is of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian descent, is the first Latina daytime talk show host on English language television.
“This will be my first NASCAR race experience and I love that it will be close to home at Auto Club Speedway. I’m honored to perform the National Anthem at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 and thrilled to finally see some of the best drivers in motorsports,” said Adrienne Houghton.
She first stepped into the spotlight in 1999, when she rose to fame as the lead singer of multiplatinum R&B girl group, 3LW. Their debut single, “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right),” was a smash hit in 2001. After touring with Destiny’s Child and *NSYNC, Houghton then went on to become a founding member of pop group The Cheetah Girls, known to the group’s millions of fans as “Chanel”. The group’s 2003 Disney Channel movie The Cheetah Girls, drew in 84 million viewers worldwide and instantly established the girls as superstars. This past December, Houghton and her husband performed in front of a sold out audience at Carnegie Hall.
As an actress, Houghton’s credits include roles in several television hits, including Disney Channel’s, That’s So Raven and Buffalo Dreams; the 2006 MTV feature All You’ve Got; the feature film Coach Carter, and ABC Family movie Lovestruck. She also starred in the motion picture I’m in Love with a Church Girl.
Most recently, Houghton launched her extremely personal jewelry line, XIXI. Inspired by actual jewelry pieces she wears and the local vendors she frequented growing up in New York’s Lower East Side, the line showcases one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings for a broader audience and at an affordable price point.
With a race ticket, fans will be able to see Adrienne Houghton sing the National Anthem and receive access to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone featuring live entertainment, NASCAR driver appearances, autograph sessions, motocross exhibits, Lefty’s Fun Zone, celebrity appearances and motorsport displays.
To purchase tickets to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 on March 17 at Auto Club Speedway, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223), shop online at www.autoclubspeedway.com or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana. #AutoClub400 #FiveWideSalute
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