Ford to be Grand Marshall; McCain to sing National Anthem BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Platinum-plus recording artist Edwin McCain has performed in front of his share of big crowds while performing around the world, but next Sunday McCain will sing in...
Ford to be Grand Marshall; McCain to sing National Anthem
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Platinum-plus recording artist Edwin McCain has performed in front of his share of big crowds while performing around the world, but next Sunday McCain will sing in front of the largest single-day sporting event in the State of Michigan, as he will perform the star-spangled banner prior to the Father's Day June 15, SIRIUS 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
McCain, a South Carolina native, recently released his sixth album -- The Austin Sessions -- and has delivered several hits over his career, which include the 1997 Top 10 hit "I'll Be" and the 1999 Top 40 hit "I Could Not Ask for More," which was also featured in the film "Message in a Bottle."
Joining McCain in pre-race ceremonies prior to Sunday's SIRIUS 400 will be Ford Motor Company Board Member Edsel B. Ford II, as he will serve as Grand Marshall.
Ford is the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company. His grandfather is Edsel B. Ford, company president from 1919 to 1943. His late father, Henry Ford II, was president of the company from 1945 to 1960 and chairman from 1960-1980. Ford was elected to the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors. As a consultant, Ford is active in company affairs and corporate dealer relations.
"Racing has always been an important part of the auto industry. We're excited to have Edsel Ford as our Grand Marshall and we're looking forward to hearing a platinum artist such as Edwin McCain perform the National Anthem prior to the SIRIUS 400," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "When you add Edsel and Edwin to the celebration of the U.S. Army's 228th anniversary on Father's Day, race fans will be in for quite a treat during pre-race ceremonies."
As previously announced, the U.S Army will be celebrating their 228th anniversary at MIS which will feature a patriotic display by some of the most elite divisions in the Army, which include members of the 82nd Airborne, 101st Airborne and the Military District of Washington. The show will include a patriotic display, which includes a jump by the U.S Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the Flag Story performed by the Military District of Washington and a special rendition of God Bless the U.S.A by the 82nd Airborne chorus.
Reserved seats still remain for the SIRIUS 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on June 15. For more information and to order tickets please call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672) or go on-line at www.MISpeedway.com. General Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's race go on sale Sunday morning at 6 a.m. at the tunnel entrance and at 8 a.m. at other Speedway ticket offices.