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Florida governor Scott to host NASCAR celebration

June 27, 2011, Official Release,

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Florida governor Rick Scott will host a delegation of NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation executives, NASCAR drivers and racing legends Wednesday at the Governor's mansion in Tallahassee, Fla., in celebration of NASCAR's historical significance in Florida and its economic benefit to the state.

The list of attendees includes NASCAR chairman & CEO Brian France, ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy, NASCAR president Mike Helton and fellow Florida residents and NASCAR drivers Juan Montoya, Brian Vickers, Joe Nemechek, and Ricky Carmichael. In addition, Joey Logano, 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, and NASCAR legends and broadcasters Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace will attend. A collection of Sprint Cup Series show cars and a Daytona International Speedway pace car will be on display outside the mansion.

Waltrip, recently selected as a Class of 2012 inductee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, will emcee a program in which Gov. Scott, France and Wallace are expected to speak on the importance of racing to the state, the France family heritage and the NASCAR Foundation's recently launched NASCAR Unites program and Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. As hosts, Gov. Scott and his wife Ann will give their stock car racing guests a tour of the mansion before the program commences.

The reception comes three days before Daytona International Speedway hosts the 53rd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 2 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The historic race track opened in 1959.