Waltrip: Everyone is Pulling for Junior This Sunday
On Sunday, Feb. 20 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports proudly presents the 53rd running of the Daytona 500. Coverage starts with the NASCAR on FOX prerace show host Chris Myers, along with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set providing up-to-the-minute reports and live interviews with drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action.
Sunday’s special prerace show features:
- Some of the sports world’s most dominant champions, including Derek Jeter, Lance Armstrong, Wayne Gretzky and Kelly Slater, marvel at Jimmie Johnson’s unprecedented streak of five-consecutive Sprint Cup championships and how difficult it is to maintain that level of excellence
- NASCAR on FOX commemorates the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s death at the 2001 Daytona 500 and looks at the changes in the sport since that fateful day
- A live performance from country music superstar and three-time Grammy Award-winner Brad Paisley
- An in-depth survey of how the new repaved track at Daytona International Speedway will affect drivers and teams
- Live interviews from pit road of NASCAR’s top drivers as they prepare to run the Great American Race
- The stars of “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon”– Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and director Michael Bay serve as the Grand Marshals and deliver the four most famous words in motorsports – “Gentlemen, start your engines.”
- In addition, the modified NASCAR stock cars of drivers Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya and Dale Earnhardt Jr. featured in the movie make their first public appearance by leading the 43-car field during the pace laps
Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy is alongside analysts Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops.
New innovations added to NASCAR on FOX’s coverage this season:
- Incorporation of more driver/crew chief radio communications in broadcasts
- Steering sensors in every Sprint Cup car steering wheel
- Daytona International Speedway features 2 “X-MO” cameras (500 frames per second) at turns 2 and 4
WALTRIP: EVERYONE IS PULLING FOR JUNIOR ON SUNDAY – NASCAR on FOX lead analyst Darrell Waltrip calls his eighth Daytona 500 this Sunday afternoon and talks about the buzz around Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning the pole for the Great American Race. “Conspiracy theorists are now saying NASCAR looked the other way and that’s how he’s on the pole for Daytona,” said Waltrip today on The Dan Patrick Show on FOX Sports Radio. “Our sport is open and transparent. Everyone knows that’s not what’s going on. But I’m pulling for him and I think everyone is. A win from him would be a great way to start the season.”
WALTRIP, MCREYNOLDS, JOY, SHANKS & HILL TO PREVIEW GREAT AMERCIAN RACE & 2011 SEASON – NASCAR on FOX’s broadcast team of analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds and race announcer Mike Joy join FOX Sports President Eric Shanks and FOX Sports Media Group Chairman David Hill to preview this weekend’s Daytona 500 action and FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2011 season today during a media conference call tomorrow, Thursday, February 17 at 11:00 AM ET/8:00 AM PT. To participate in the call, dial 785-830-7992.
FUEL TV’S “COLLEGE EXPERIMENT” PROFILES TEXAS COLLEGE CHEERLEADERS – FUEL TV’s “College Experiment”, Thursday, Feb. 17 (12:00AM ET/9:00PM PT) takes a look at why Texas schools such as TCU, Texas A&M and Texas State have the best looking cheerleaders. In addition, Charlie Sheen gave UCLA baseball team an anti-drug pep talk and Hot Girl on Campus Alison Skipper returns to the Winter X Games in Aspen to learn from one of the best skiers around.
FUEL TV HEADS TO HAWAII FOR BIG WAVES – The world’s best surfers tackle huge waves during the “Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa 2010,” the first stop of the 28th annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, airing on FUEL TV on Saturday, Feb. 19, (9:00 AM ET/PT). Watch Hawaiians Joel Centeio, Granger Larsen, and Dusty Payne, plus Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach, CA) and a host of Australians including 2009 World Champ Mick Fanning battle for the title.
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“TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon” Stars Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Director Michael Bay Serve as the Grand Marshals of the Daytona 500
NASCAR Stock Cars Featured as Characters in “TRANSFORMERS:
Dark of the Moon” – First Official Appearance Anywhere
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The stars of “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon”– Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and director Michael Bay – will serve as the Grand Marshals for 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, airing at 12 p.m. ET on FOX. As Grand Marshals, the TRANSFORMERS cast will deliver the four most famous words in motorsports – “Gentlemen, start your engines.”
In addition, the modified NASCAR stock cars of drivers Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. featured in the movie will make their first public appearance by leading the 43-car field during the pace laps of “The Great American Race,” the kick-off event to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
The Daytona 500 will not be Bay or TRANSFORMERS’ first introduction to the NASCAR world. In 2009, Bay piloted the official pace car at a NASCAR Sprint Cup race to promote the DVD release of “TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen.” NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman also took part, racing with branded images of opposing AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS on their cars and uniforms. Bay credits his vision to include NASCAR stock cars in the new TRANSFORMERS film to this experience.
“We’re honored to have the stars and director from this blockbuster film franchise “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon” serve as Grand Marshals of ‘The Great American Race,’” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “As an added bonus for our fans, three cars from the movie will be on location during Speedweeks and we all look forward to watching them lead the field for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on the newly paved racing surface.”
In the days leading up to the Daytona 500, race fans can view the TRANSFORMERS NASCAR stock cars at the Chevy Display located in the Midway outside Turn 4.
Tickets for Speedweeks 2011 events, including the 53rd annual Daytona 500, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.