Danica, Gordon headline FOX's Daytona bash
February 11, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Danica Patrick and four-time premier series champion Jeff Gordon will welcome fans to a two-day, pre-race party at Daytona Beach as part of a primetime special titled "Daytona 500 Bash At The Beach."
A one-hour special of the event will air at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 22 on FOX. The Daytona 500 is the next day, with the race scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and coverage beginning at noon ET on FOX.
The two-day, pre-race party at Daytona Beach will celebrate the Great American Race like never before and take "an entertaining look at just how big the Daytona 500 is, with special features and a light recap of the most exciting storylines from 2013," according to a FOX Sports release.
Patrick and Gordon will be joined by FOX Sports' Charissa Thompson and Danielle Trotta. Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Miss Sprint Cup and other VIP guests are slated to be interviewed backstage by Trotta.
Grammy award-winning artist Cee Lo Green will be the musical headliner for the inaugural event. Miami Heat disc jockey DJ Irie will also provide a musical backdrop for the festivities.
In addition, the fan-viewing party also includes autograph sessions with NASCAR drivers and VIP guests, as well as a gaming lounge highlighted by the Oculus Virtual Reality technology simulating NASCAR driving, a social media concierge and free giveaways for the people in attendance.