Florida Governor Rick Scott to Host NASCAR Celebration

Florida Governor Rick Scott will host a delegation of NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation executives, NASCAR drivers and racing legends this Wednesday evening, June 29 at the Florida Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee, Fla., in celebration of NASCAR’s historical significance in Florida and its economic benefit to the state.


The list of attendees includes NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France, International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy, NASCAR President Mike Helton and fellow Florida residents and NASCAR drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Brian Vickers, Joe Nemechek, and Ricky Carmichael. In addition, Joey Logano, 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, and NASCAR legends and broadcasters Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace will attend. A collection of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series show cars and a Daytona International Speedway pace car will be on display outside the mansion.

Waltrip, recently selected as a Class of 2012 inductee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, will emcee a program in which Governor Scott, France and Wallace are expected to speak on the importance of racing to the state, the France family heritage and the NASCAR Foundation’s recently launched NASCAR Unites program and Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. As hosts, Governor Scott and his wife Ann will give their stock car racing guests a tour of the mansion before the program commences.


The reception comes three days before Daytona International Speedway hosts the 53rd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 2 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The historic race track opened in 1959.


NOTE: Homestead-Miami Speedway Track President Matthew Becherer will also be among the International Speedway Corporation contingent of attendees. The annual economic impact of Homestead-Miami Speedway is an estimated $249 million each year.  The Speedway’s operations create nearly 3,000 jobs and $115 million in labor income annually while generating $47 million in tax revenue to state and local governments yearly.  More than two-thirds of attendees come from outside of Miami-Dade County while 30 percent of Homestead-Miami Speedway guests come from outside of the state of Florida. The impact of NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend each November is currently the largest annual economic impact of a sporting event in South Florida.



WHAT: Celebration of NASCAR reception

WHO: Florida Governor Rick Scott, NASCAR drivers and legends, NASCAR executives and International Speedway Corp. executives

WHEN: Wednesday, June 29th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Florida Governor’s Mansion, 700 North Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303

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