Highlights from conference call featuring Mariah Carey, who is singing the national anthem for the Feb. 16 Daytona 500. What are your thoughts on singing the national anthem at the Daytona 500? "I'm just so excited. I'm totally thrilled about...
Highlights from conference call featuring Mariah Carey, who is singing the national anthem for the Feb. 16 Daytona 500.
What are your thoughts on singing the national anthem at the Daytona 500?
"I'm just so excited. I'm totally thrilled about it. I'm looking forward to this. My fathers actually use to race cars and when I heard about this, I felt like it was perfect timing because actually my father has passed away this past year and we had gotten into a long conversation about the fact he use to race cars. It seems like it's the right moment. I'm just honored to be a part of it. "
Have you performed at sporting events before?
"It's interesting. I've only done the national anthem at the Super Bowl, which was last year. It's a very powerful song to sing especially with the state of the world and things like that. It was the first Super Bowl right after 9-11. That was very important to me. Before I even put out my first record, I sang at the playoffs for the NBA. I sang 'American The Beautiful.'"
Have you ever performed in front of a large crowd like you'll have at Daytona?
"I've been to places where 200,000 people are circled around me, but it was a concert, not something like this. I've been to car races, but not since I was a little girl. I've definitely never been to something of this magnitude. It's exciting."
What track did your father take you to when you were younger?
"It was out in Lime Rock (Conn.). He always loved to go to the races. He would take all the kids, the different generations of children and grandchildren in our family."
Will you visit the beaches of Daytona when you come here for the national anthem?
"I love the beaches. I would be ecstatic if I would have time to do that."