ATLANTA, GEORGIA, Thursday, June 29, 2000 - Stockbridge, Georgia resident and Big Daddy's BBQ/ Founders Bank/ Blueprint Racing driver Jimmy Kite has been named the Honorary Grand Marshal for the WSB-TV "Salute To America" Parade. The parade,...
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, Thursday, June 29, 2000 - Stockbridge, Georgia resident and Big Daddy's BBQ/ Founders Bank/ Blueprint Racing driver Jimmy Kite has been named the Honorary Grand Marshal for the WSB-TV "Salute To America" Parade. The parade, which will travel through downtown Atlanta, is part of a daylong celebration in the "Capital of the New South" on the Fourth of July. The "Salute To America" Parade begins at 12:30 PM on the Fourth and is just one part of the Atlanta Independence Day celebration, one of the country's largest. The "Salute to America" parade will be broadcast live on WSB-TV Channel 2, the local Atlanta ABC affiliate, starting at 12:30 PM.
"This has to be one of the greatest honors of my life," enthused the 24-year-old Kite. "I have watched this parade for years and now to be a part of it is just something I never dreamed would happen. I thought I'd have to win Indy to be a part of something like this. I am very proud to be an American and to be a part of this celebration. I just couldn't be any prouder to be Honorary Grand Marshal."
The event, which attracts more than 300,000 people to downtown Atlanta, will feature not only Kite but also the winning car from last year's Midas 500 Classic. The car, driven by Scott Sharp to the victory in 1999, will ride on a float following the convertible that the multi-time racing champion Kite will ride in.
Following the "Salute To America" Parade, Kite - who graduated from Stockbridge High School in 1994- will attend an autograph signing on International Boulevard next to Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. The signing will take place from 5-7 PM at the Northern Light exhibit. An Indy Racing Northern Light Series' car will be on display throughout the evening as well.
The local Northern Light Series driver will be piloting the #27 Big Daddy's BBQ/ Founders Bank/ Blueprint Racing Special G Force Oldsmobile in the July 15 Midas 500 Classic at Atlanta Motor Speedway.