NASCAR announces star-studded gala DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 4, 1998) NASCAR has announced plans for a star-studded gala to be held in Hollywood on May 1 at the historic Wiltern Theatre in celebration of NASCAR's 50th Anniversary. Titled...
NASCAR announces star-studded gala
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 4, 1998) NASCAR has announced plans for a star-studded gala to be held in Hollywood on May 1 at the historic Wiltern Theatre in celebration of NASCAR's 50th Anniversary. Titled "NASCAR's Night in Hollywood -- A Golden Celebration," this black-tie salute to NASCAR, its founders and its heroes will be aired the following evening, May 2, as a two-hour, primetime special on ESPN. The event is being produced by ESPN, NASCAR and the California Speedway in conjunction with the California 500 presented by NAPA on May 3.
"This event will be a celebration to honor some of the individuals in our sport who have been instrumental in making NASCAR the fastest growing sport in America," said Brian France, vice president of marketing and communications for NASCAR. "As we celebrate our 50th birthday, we will also be celebrating some of the people who have set the bar for competition, dedication and leadership in our sport."
Awards to be presented at the event include:
NASCAR Lifetime Achievement Award NASCAR Founders Award NASCAR Iron Man Award Lifetime Media Award NASCAR Pioneer Award NASCAR's Greatest Moment Five Driver of the Decade Awards for the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s
Executive Producers of the show for ESPN are Robert Dalrymple, who produces the Screen Actors Guild Award show in Hollywood; and Terry Lingner of Lingner Group Productions, producer of "NASCAR -- The Fifty," a five-hour documentary on the 50 years of NASCAR currently airing on ESPN and ESPN2.
"Celebrities from the music, sports and entertainment industries will all come together to pay tribute to the heroes of NASCAR," said George Pyne, NASCAR's vice president of licensing and consumer products. "We couldn't have chosen better partners than ESPN and the California Speedway to produce a gala of this stature."
Attendance at the gala will be by invitation only, with the exception of about 300 fans who will have the opportunity to be in the audience through various promotions around the California 500 and NASCAR's 50th Anniversary.
"We wanted to include our fans in this elite crowd, since they are one of our main reasons for success," France said. "NASCAR fans are the most loyal fans in professional sports, and our night in Hollywood would not be complete without their participation."
Source: NASCAR Online