Better keep your eye on the pace car at the Food City 500, because it’s about to get Taken.
On April 15, 2018, Clive Standen, who plays Bryan Mills, the covert operative with a particular set of skills on NBC’s hit show, “Taken,” will serve as real-life wheel man during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). It’s an experience that will add to the British actor’s many on-screen adventures, including past roles on the popular shows “Vikings” and “Robin Hood,” in the films “Everest” and “Hammer of the Gods,” and his lead in the upcoming films “Patient Zero,” “In Like Flynn” and “Vault.”
Standen’s visit to The Last Great Colosseum will also offer the chance for him to connect with one of his newest television co-stars — Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney, who will appear as an FBI agent in an episode of “Taken” on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 9 p.m. EST.
“It is such an honor to be asked to drive the pace car at a NASCAR race that I am beyond excited,” said Standen. “I’m also pretty hyped up to see Ryan Blaney race, especially after witnessing his great performance on our upcoming episode of ‘Taken.’ It’s such a fun opportunity to get to be part of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and lead my co-star to the green flag!”
Guests at BMS will get a sneak peek of the pair in action when they appear together during the 6 p.m. show on the NASCAR Trackside Live stage on Saturday, April 14. An advance, live screening of the upcoming episode of “Taken” will follow at 7 p.m.
“Everyone who comes to Bristol loves adrenaline and excitement,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at BMS. “Combining a high-powered show and star talent like Clive with the high-pressured speed, roar and competition on NASCAR’s iconic half-mile track sets the stage for a great weekend of racing, and we can’t wait to share it with our guests.”