National recording artist and former American Idol star Bo Bice will be on-hand to sing the American National Anthem leading up to the fall of the green flag just after 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 8. Bice will not only sing the American National anthem but will also perform a “surprise” concert during the weekend and take part in a Q&A with fans in The Bog Hospitality.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring a high quality performer such as Bo Bice to WGI to both entertain our fans and sign our national anthem,” said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. “I would like to personally thank Todd and Janet Bodine for putting us in touch with Bo. We would not have been able to make this happen without them and greatly appreciate their efforts to give back to their home track and enhance the experience of our fans.”
The “surprise” concert will be a rare first at historic Watkins Glen International. The “surprise” is that the time, date, and location will not be officially released prior to the event weekend. Fans will need to visit the official Twitter (www.Twitter.com/wgi) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/watkinsgleninternational) pages to receive clues starting three weeks prior to the event weekend. The clues will help fans figure out all the information that they need to be the first in line to grab the best seats to watch Bice perform live at WGI.
The concert will be open to any fan holding a weekend ticket and will be a “can’t miss” show for any music or race fan.
Bice will also be available for an exclusive Q&A in The Bog Fan Hospitality area at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 8. Any fan that purchases Saturday & Sunday or Sunday-only Bog admissions will have the chance to ask the popular rock star questions during the session.
The Bog is presented by Red Cat wine and features access to the trackside hospitality area located inside Turn 11, multiple driver Q&A’s, self-guided pit tour access on Sunday morning, preferred parking near Gate 5, unlimited Pepsi Co. products and bottled water, Red Cat wine and Budweiser beer selections, buffet lunch and snack food, and much, much more. Passes to The Bog start at $75 and can be purchased by calling 866-461-RACE or by visiting www.TheGlen.com.
Bo Bice gained national attention when he finished second to county music star Carrie Underwood in the fourth season of the hit show American Idol. Since exploding on the music scene, Bice has released two records "The Real Thing," which went gold, in 2006, and "See the Light in 2007." He is preparing to release his most recent album entitled 3 on Tuesday, May 18.
The number “3” holds a great deal of significance to Bice as this will be his third album, he and his wife just celebrated the birth of their third child this past January, and he is a fan of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. Fans can get more information on the southern rock star and his upcoming album by visiting his official website, www.bobice.com.
Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now! Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-4.
Release courtesy of Watkins Glen International
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