Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bristol Going Green with Danica Patrick & St Patrick Day

George "Norm" Wendt of Cheers Fame Lending A Hand With Festivities 

Bristol Motor Speedway is "Going Green" in a big way with Go Daddy Girl Danica Patrick during a special St. Patrick's Day celebration for the Nationwide Series event March 17.

Breaking a long-standing tradition of eschewing green, once a much-maligned hue in the NASCAR garage, the World's Fastest Half-Mile is embracing the color, right along with Patrick who will be driving a special St. Patrick's Day paint scheme in the 300-lapper that day.

Patrick pilots the shamrock covered ride for JR Motorsports and makes her second start at BMS. As part of the celebration, fans can purchase a special ticket package for the race which also gives them access to a question and answer session with Patrick at Bristol on the morning of March 17. Fans will also receive a limited edition Danica / St. Patrick's Day event t-shirt, featuring the shamrock-themed No. 7 car. In addition, one lucky fan who purchases the package wins two hot passes and the opportunity to view the race from Patrick's pit box.

Beginning today Bristol fans may visit a special website, which will keep them up to date with all the current news surrounding Patrick, tickets and the St. Patrick's Day celebration at Bristol.

"It's going to be a lot of fun racing at Bristol on St. Patrick's Day," Patrick said. "But doing it with the Go Daddy car covered in a shamrock paint scheme makes it truly special. Obviously with my last name, I've always liked St. Patrick's Day. The car design was a collaboration between myself, Go Daddy and JR Motorsports. And we had a lot of fun with it. Who knows? Maybe it will bring us little extra luck during the race."

The St. Patrick's Day celebration at BMS will be hosted by George Wendt, known for his 11-year role of the beer-drinking Norm Peterson on the television series Cheers. A post-race pit party also is on tap in the hospitality area with live music. In addition, the creek that runs through the property at Bristol Motor Speedway will be dyed green for the race and the lights that illuminate the stadium at night all will be green.

- Bristol Motor Speedway Press Release

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