TRIO OF STARS HEADLINE FORD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

Dierks Bentley Pre Race Concert

It is an impressive line-up of celebrities for Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 15-17), both on and off the track. Pre-race ceremonies at Homestead-Miami Speedway feature a variety of regional and national talent. Country music star Dierks Bentley will kick off the day on Sunday, performing an hour-long concert prior to the NASCAR Spring Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400. The 2013 finalists on NBC’s “The Voice” Swon Brothers will take the stage next, performing America the Beautiful. Disney Channel star and Dancing with the Stars runner-up Zendaya will round out the musical performances, performing the National Anthem before the green flag flies.

Singer-songwriter, actor and music producer Toby Keith will utter the most famous words in racing – “Drivers, start your engines,” as Grand Marshal for the Ford EcoBoost 400. Dierks Bentley’s performance on the pre-race stage will begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

On Saturday, Group Vice President of Ford Motor Company’s Global Product Development Raj Nair will serve as Grand Marshall for the Ford EcoBoost 300. Miami-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Elias will perform the National Anthem on Saturday.

Friday’s pre-race highlights will include the National Anthem by Captain Roman Bas, a decorated member of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and U.S. Navy veteran.

Sunday – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400 (3:00 p.m.)
12:30 p.m. Dierks Bentley, American country music artist
National Anthem: Zendaya, Disney Channel star and Dancing with the Stars runner-up
Grand Marshal: Toby Keith, singer-songwriter, actor, and music producer
Honorary Starter: Joe Heinrichs, president of the Americas for Ford Motor Company
Honorary Race Chairman: Jeff Porter, mayor of Homestead
Honorary Race Chairman: Edsel B. Ford III, Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company
Honorary Race Chairman: Mark Fields, chief operating officer for Ford Motor Company
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Ramon Rodriguez, actor in the upcoming new movie “Need for Speed”
Flyover: The “Warbirds” (Eight CJ-6As) vintage planes
Color Guard: US Coast Guard Base Miami Beach Color Guard
God Bless America: Madison Rising, American rock band
Pledge of Allegiance: Jim Anson, original member U.S. Special Forces Green Berets (1961)
Invocation: Pastor Scott Claunch, Calvary Chapel
DJ: DJ Irie, Miami based and internationally-known DJ

Saturday – NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 (4:30 p.m.)
National Anthem: Elizabeth Elias, Miami-based singer-songwriter
Grand Marshal: Raj Nair, group vice president global product development, Ford Motor Company
Honorary Starter: John Felice, vice president, US marketing sales and service, Ford Motor Company
Color Guard:   Miami-Dade Young Marines
God Bless America:  Madison Rising, American rock band
Pledge of Allegiance: William Chapman Elementary, winners of Homestead-Miami Speedway’s “Racing to Read” program
Invocation: Pastor Scott Claunch, Calvary Chapel

Friday – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 200 (8:00 p.m.)
National Anthem: Captain Roman Bas, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and U.S. Navy veteran
Grand Marshal: Aaron Galloway, service zone manager – Charlotte Region for Ford Motor Company
Honorary Starter: Lauren Jasper, sales zone manager – Atlanta Region for Ford Motor Company 
Color Guard: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Honor Guard
Invocation: Pastor Scott Claunch, Calvary Chapel

For a complete list of entertainment during Ford Championship Weekend, visit the interactive schedule here.

  • Budweiser
  • Car2Go
  • Coca-Cola
  • Contender
  • Courtyard Marriott
  • EPIC Hotel
  • Florida Lottery
  • Floridian Logo
  • Ford
  • Gatorade
  • GEICO
  • GEN Travel Solutions
  • Goodyear
  • Hampton Inn and Suites
  • Miller Industries
  • New Holland
  • NextEra
  • Safety Kleen
  • Sprint
  • Sunoco
  • Tailgate Giant
  • Taurus
  • Ticket clinic
  • Tobacco Free Florida
  • Visit Florida
  • We Can Do Print

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