Country music star Luke Bryan will perform a pre-race infield concert on Sunday, September 16, at Chicagoland Speedway as a prelude to the GEICO 400 and the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. All fans with a race ticket can enjoy the concert from the grandstands, and for the first time ever season ticket holders and fans with pit passes will be able to walk down to the infield to enjoy one of country music’s premier talents. Bryan will also be performing the National Anthem prior to the GEICO 400 getting underway.
The concert will take place from the grass in the tri-oval, which can be accessed through newly-installed crossover gates in the grandstands. Fans can also remain in the infield during driver introductions for an up-close-and-personal experience like never before. For NASCAR fans unable to attend the race, ESPN will carry one song from Bryan’s live performance during NASCAR Countdown (1p.m. ET).
“Adding an artist of Luke Bryan’s caliber and appeal to our GEICO 400 pre-race festivities only increases the excitement that the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup brings,” said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway president. “By providing our fans access to the infield and an up close and personal look at what is sure to be a remarkable concert performance, we’re confident that we will provide them with an experience that will exceed all expectations.”
All fans with a race ticket will be able to see the concert from the grandstands, with the ability to purchase a pit pass for infield access. A special “Luke Bryan Fan Section” package is also available in the grandstands. For more information on the Luke Bryan concert, visit www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com.
Bryan recently scored his third consecutive Platinum single with “Drunk On You” from his Platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. The single joins previous Platinum tracks “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and the two-week #1 hit “I Don’t Want This Night To End.” Luke is one of only three country artists, including Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift, to have three consecutive Platinum-selling tracks on their current album. Bryan was named “Top New Artist” by the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2010 and won “Male Video of the Year” for “I Don’t Want This Night To End” at the 2012 CMT Music Awards.
Chicagoland Speedway is the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this September – the first of ten ‘playoff’ style NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in pursuit of the 2012 championship. The Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series will kick off the weekend on Saturday, Sept. 15 with the GEICO 400 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup concluding the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 16.
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