Britney Spears named Grand Marshal for 43rd Pepsi 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (May 30, 2001) -- Britney Spears will serve as grand marshal for the 43rd annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m. at Daytona International Speedway. Spears will give the command to start...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (May 30, 2001) -- Britney Spears will serve as grand marshal for the 43rd annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m. at Daytona International Speedway. Spears will give the command to start the engines to the field of 43 drivers in front of more than 200,000 race fans at the Speedway and millions of fans around the world watching the mid-summer classic on the first NASCAR broadcast of the year for NBC.

"We're looking forward to having Britney Spears preside over America's largest nighttime sporting event," Speedway President John Graham said. "Britney has captured the hearts of fans around the world with her musical and performance talents and I'm sure she'll capture the attention of NASCAR fans and competitors as part of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona."

Since earning a spot on the Mickey Mouse Club at age 11, the award-winning artist has quickly gone from being a star in the making to a superstar. Spears' two albums, "Baby One More Time" and "Oops! . . . I Did It Again" both reached platinum and produced such hits as "You Drive Me Crazy" and "Lucky."

Pepsi has been involved in Winston Cup racing since NASCAR was formed in 1948. Serving its products at 18 of the 23 NASCAR Winston Cup Series tracks, Pepsi is the title sponsor of NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway (Pepsi 400) and Michigan Speedway (Pepsi 400), while sister brand Mountain Dew title-sponsors the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

--AB

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