SpeedJam: Largest IndyCar Field Since '03, "3 Doors Down"
With nearly 13 million albums sold worldwide, the tough-around-the-edges rockers are no stranger to hit singles, six of which have hit No. 1, including "Kryptonite," "Be Like That" and "When I'm Gone."
On March 29, the world's 26 best open-wheel drivers storm Homestead-Miami Speedway for IndyCar's season-opening GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300--the first time since 2001 that the season will start with that many cars on track and the first time since 2003 that a race other than the Indianapolis 500 has featured that many starters.
…But prior to the races, 3 Doors Down may just blow the doors off the track's P.A. system—if not the IndyCars themselves.
The band behind chart-topping singles "Kryptonite" and "When I'm Gone" headlines a full day of live music during SpeedJam 2008 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"SpeedJam is unlike any event on the South Florida entertainment calendar," said track president Curtis Gray. "We've taken the 2008 IndyCar Series opener—the season kickoff as well as the historic first race of the IndyCar Series/Champ Car reunification—and added to it an A-list concert to headline about 14 hours of festival entertainment. All of this for a ticket price starting at $30."
The March 29 show will serve as a sneak preview of the platinum-selling musicians' fourth studio album, a self-titled release due out June 10 on Universal Republic.
"To play the IndyCar opener is something totally different and especially cool; it changes the pace," said 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts, a Miami resident. "And because I love motorsports, I know that race fans have a lot of enthusiasm and energy. That's really what it comes down to for a musician; it really plays into the whole vibe of things."
With nearly 13 million albums sold worldwide, the tough-around-the-edges rockers are no stranger to hit singles, six of which have hit No. 1: "Kryptonite," "Duck & Run," "Loser," "Be Like That," "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You."
Critics have hailed 3 Doors Down for navigating the delicate path of achieving commercial success without compromising a grassroots approach. Indeed, "Billboard Magazine" credits the Mississippi-hailing musicians as the first debut act ever to simultaneously place a No. 1 single ("Kryptonite") on four different radio formats—Active Rock, Mainstream Rock, Heritage Rock and Modern Rock.
This diverse appeal, said Speedway president Gray, made 3 Doors Down the quintessential pick to headline SpeedJam 2008 on March 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"These guys have sold 13 million records—and they didn't even debut until 2000," said Gray. "We're talking about some serious rockers with an amazingly diverse fan base. And with all that's going on here with SpeedJam—three races, driver appearances and autographs, the Memphis barbecue competition, car shows—3 Doors Down fits right into our all-day, outdoor festival theme."