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CONCORD, N.C. (April 26, 2011) – Blue-collar comedian and the voice of Mater in the upcoming Disney•Pixar summer comedy “CARS 2,” Larry the Cable Guy will “git-r-done” as the honorary pace-car driver for the 52nd running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In addition to leading the field of 43 NASCAR stars in the Coca-Cola 600, Larry the Cable Guy will also take part in various activities around the speedway, including attending the drivers meeting, prior to the main event.
Charlotte Motor Speedway will celebrate the U.S. opening of Disney•Pixar’s “CARS 2” on June 24 with a special display for fans featuring full-size replicas of movie stars Lightning McQueen and Mater. Lightning McQueen and Mater will also participate in the pre-race parade laps.
"I am excited to Git R Done in the pace car at Charlotte Motor Speedway and lead the field to the start of NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600,” said Larry the Cable Guy. “It will be an honor to be a part of the most patriotic pre-race show in America.”
“CARS 2” features star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) as they take their friendship overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater’s journey leads him through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-star cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.
In May 2006, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted the world premiere of Disney•Pixar’s “CARS,” which was the first multi-screen digital cinema premiere ever held. More than 35,000 fans watched the premiere on a series of four giant custom-built outdoor movie screens.
“We’re excited to once again work with Disney•Pixar and celebrate everything we love about cars, the summer and great NASCAR racing in Charlotte,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Having Larry the Cable Guy and these awesome ‘CARS 2’ vehicles is a super addition to the spectacle and pageantry of the Coca-Cola 600. It’s the perfect way to kick-off the summer for our fans, by pairing the biggest movie of the summer with NASCAR’s most spectacular event, all on Memorial Day Weekend.”
The Coca-Cola 600 will be televised live on FOX at 6 p.m. EST and can be heard on the radio through the Performance Racing Network beginning at 5:45 p.m. EST.
The only 600-mile event on the NASCAR schedule, the Coca-Cola 600 tests the endurance of both drivers and equipment each May and provides fans with more entertainment value than any other race in America.
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