On Saturday night Kahne and the No. 9 Budweiser Ford team are scheduled to race 500 miles at the speedway in the Bank of America 500. The following morning, Sunday, Oct. 17, Kahne will host and participate in the Kasey Kahne Foundation "Five Kahne...
On Saturday night Kahne and the No. 9 Budweiser Ford team are scheduled to race 500 miles at the speedway in the Bank of America 500. The following morning, Sunday, Oct. 17, Kahne will host and participate in the Kasey Kahne Foundation "Five Kahne sponsored by Bank of America," a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) charity run and kids' dash in Uptown Charlotte. Scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., the run starts at Bank of America Stadium and concludes at the NASCAR Hall of Fame where ESPN reporter Marty Smith will lead a Q&A session with Kahne following the run.
Kasey Kahne discusses racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Five Kahne 5K scheduled for Sunday:
Are you looking forward to Charlotte race week? "Yeah, I always like Charlotte, especially the racing because it's a good track for us. Then just being close to home and being able to do some things whether it's with the fan club, sponsor stuff or with our foundation like this year with our 5K on Sunday morning, I think all of that stuff is kind of exciting and gives you something to look forward to."
The track has gone through a lot of changes physically the last couple of years. Has it altered how the cars react? "It hasn't changed a whole lot. That track is pretty similar every time we go back with the feel. The cars have changed a lot with the setups as far as what we do and what other teams do, so we just need to keep working hard at that. If we hit on it, we'll be up front this week. That's just one of our tracks that we're good at."
Are those 1.5-mile tracks the kind you enjoy most? "They've always suited me the most. I was able to kind of figure them out a lot quicker than some of the other tracks."
Your foundation is hosting a 5K on Sunday. Are you an avid runner? "I like running and staying in shape, and I would say I probably run about 10-12 miles a week. I'll run three or four miles at a time, it just depends on the day and what I have scheduled."
How did the 5K come about? "My trainer at KKR (Ryan Von Reuden) thought it would be neat and my sister (Shanon Adams) started working with him on the foundation side. With the Ronald McDonald House, the Hall of Fame, and Bank of America being in downtown Charlotte, it was a good fit for a lot of the partners we've had the last few years, so it all came together and I'm looking forward to it. Budweiser is going to be a part of it, too, so it should be exciting and hopefully a lot of people will come and sign up. It's going to be a good time."
I'm sure you would like that 5K event to be a victory celebration as well, right? "I'd rather be a bit tired going into the race on Sunday morning."
Is it true that as the host, you will the lead the pack from start to finish for Sunday's 5k? "No, that's not true. I would struggle with that because there are going to be some fast runners participating (laughing)."