DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker will perform the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show prior to the 62nd running of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 16, the season-opening race for the NASCAR Cup Series (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Rucker, who first achieved multi-Platinum status as lead singer of the iconic pop-rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, has also earned chart-topping success as a solo artist. He has released five critically-acclaimed country albums and notched nine No. 1 singles at country radio, also earning an induction into the famed Grand Ole Opry in 2012. Hootie & the Blowfish returned to the road in 2019 for their sold-out Group Therapy Tour and released Imperfect Circle, their first new album in nearly 15 years, last month.
“Darius Rucker’s appeal is massive, encompassing fans of both rock and country music, making him a perfect fit for fans attending ‘The Great American Race,'” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “A talent like this is rare. Darius is a true American success story and we are proud to welcome him back once again.”
Fans who purchase UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access for the DAYTONA 500 will be able to view Rucker’s DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show — as well as driver introductions — from the grass tri-oval area. A limited number of DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show ticket packages, available starting at $213, have been designed around Rucker’s appearance. The package includes a DAYTONA 500 ticket, UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access and VIP area access to the performance. Race fans who have already purchased DAYTONA 500 tickets can add UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access and VIP area access for $114. All VIP ticket packages are on sale now at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/dariusrucker.
The 62nd annual DAYTONA 500 will be Rucker’s fourth appearance at Daytona International Speedway — and his third appearance as a solo artist. In 2002 and 2010, Rucker delivered solo performances prior to the Coke Zero Sugar 400, and in 2003, Hootie & the Blowfish took part in the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert.