Charlotte Motor Speedway launches its version of 'American Idol'

jutter@charlotteobserver.comApril 29, 2013 

Fans across the Carolinas should start practicing their rendition of the national anthem or “God Bless America” because this May the Charlotte Motor Speedway “Speedway Superstar Tour” presented by Coca-Cola is looking for performers to headline at the 10 Greatest Days in Racing.

The Speedway Superstar Tour presented by Coca-Cola is open for talented performers to try out May 1 through 15 at a mobile audition studio, as it visits 10 cities throughout North and South Carolina. For the audition, contestants (ages 18 or older) will be allowed to perform an a cappella rendition (without music or instrumental accompaniment) of either the national anthem of the United States or “God Bless America.” Performances will be limited to 60 seconds and videotaped for use on a contest voting website.

“We have thousands of talented race fans and want to get them more involved in being part of the 10 Greatest Days in Racing,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We look forward to seeing some great performances around the Carolinas and then having our winners perform at Charlotte Motor Speedway during our spectacular pre-race activities.”

Fans will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite performances from May 1 through May 22 online. For official rules and details, go here. Five winners will be selected to perform at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 10 Greatest Days of Racing, including “God Bless America” at the N.C. Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race; “God Bless America” at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race; the national anthem or “God Bless America” at the HISTORY 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race; or “God Bless America” at the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. All winners will also receive two tickets to the race at which they perform.

The Speedway Superstar Tour kicks off on May 1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and will then travel to Pineville, N.C. that day. The tour will visit Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C., on May 2; Columbia, S.C., on May 3; Myrtle Beach, S.C., on May 5; Wilmington, N.C., on May 6; Fayetteville, N.C., on May 7; Raleigh, N.C., on May 9; Durham, N.C., on May 10; Greensboro, N.C., on May 11; Winston-Salem, N.C., on May 13; and return to Charlotte on May 14 and 15.

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