Patrick to co-host country award show
September 17, 2013, Holly Cain, NASCAR.com
The American Country Awards show announced Tuesday that NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will co-host the nationally televised awards ceremony with country music superstar Trace Adkins.
The show will air live (8 p.m. ET on FOX) from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay resort on Dec. 10 -- the Tuesday after NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony.
It turns out the cowboy hat and belt buckle that Patrick famously donned at the Texas Motor Speedway this spring may come in handy. This year's Daytona 500 pole-winner and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate has long been a country music fan and even appeared in music videos with country artists like Miranda Lambert and Colt Ford.
It will be the first time Patrick has co-hosted a full-length live television show and her co-star is already looking forward to the event.
"I can't wait to see if I have what it takes to keep up with this racing superstar," the Grammy-nominated Adkins said.
Patrick who has starred in Super Bowl television commercials for her No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy sponsor, GoDaddy and appeared in Sports Illustrated magazine’s famed "Swimsuit Issue" has long proven she's comfortable in the spotlight.
And like the American Country Awards -- whose winners are selected by fan vote -- Patrick has a lot of experience with fan participation. She was voted into NASCAR’s Sprint All-Star race this year by NASCAR fans.
"I'm so excited to host the American Country Awards with Trace Adkins," Patrick said. "I have no doubt he'll be able to keep up with me. I've become a huge fan of country music since I came to NASCAR. …This is going to be a really cool experience and I'm excited to be a part of it. It's going to be a great show!"