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Daughtry, Frankie J headline Championship Drive

October 22, 2012, Official Release, NASCAR.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daughtry and Frankie J will usher in a finale weekend that will see champions crowned in NASCAR's three national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Before the championship coronations, NASCAR will race into the Miami Beach spotlight with the third annual NASCAR Championship Drive festival featuring the Coca-Cola Racing Family Concert with performances by Daughtry and Frankie J.

NASCAR Championship Drive brings fans together to celebrate the finale of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, on Nov. 18 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). South Florida radio host DJ Laz will help fans enjoy sports, food and fun beachside with Daughtry and Frankie J on Nov.15 along Miami Beach.

"NASCAR Championship Drive is packed with activities that will help build excitement for what is shaping up to be one of the tightest finales in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history," said Steve Phelps, NASCAR chief marketing officer. "Launched in 2010, NASCAR Championship Drive strives to not only thank our core fans, but also engage new fans of all ages and cultural backgrounds with a great mix of live music, driver appearances, a race hauler parade and many more activities in anticipation of the last three races of the season."

The Miami Beach parade will feature race haulers from the top Sprint Cup Series teams, plus other specialty and support vehicles. It starts in downtown Miami and travels across the MacArthur Causeway and onto Ocean Drive before ending at Lummus Park.

NASCAR Championship Drive was created with the support of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, the Florida Sports Foundation, the YMCA and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"The Coca-Cola Racing Family Concert event is the perfect way to open up the championship race weekend in Miami. Connecting NASCAR and its fans with South Beach for an evening of free live music is happiness that is uniquely Coca-Cola," said Sharon Byers, senior vice president sports and entertainment marketing partnerships at The Coca-Cola Company.

Fans can enter for a chance to win a VIP trip for two to Miami Beach for NASCAR Championship Drive at NASCARChampionshipDrive.com. The prize package includes round-trip airfare, a four night hotel stay, tickets to the weekend races, VIP prize package provided by Ford, a meet-and-greet with Daughtry and more.

Among the fan-friendly events:

Nov. 9-Nov. 11: NASCAR Pit Stop Tour at the Dolphin Mall, Noon-10 p.m.

Nov. 14: Championship Taste, 5:30-10 p.m., Chalet Village at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Participants can sample fare from approximately 20 different South Florida restaurants at the track's Chalet Village. The NASCAR Foundation and Homestead Hospital are teaming up for Championship Taste, a debut event benefiting The NASCAR Foundation's Speediatrics children's care unit program at Homestead Hospital.

Nov. 15: Grand Arrival NASCAR Hauler Parade, 3:30 p.m. Starts in downtown Miami and travels across the MacArthur Causeway and onto Ocean Drive before ending at Lummus Park.

Nov. 15: Auto Showcase, Noon-10 p.m., Lummus Park, Miami Beach

Nov. 15: Coca-Cola Racing Family Concert, 7-10 p.m., Beachside. Daughtry and Frankie J; DJ Laz as emcee.

For more information, visit NASCARChampionshipDrive.com.