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Elvis’ Pink Cadillac, Chef Robert Irvine And Other Things Coming to CMS In 2020

Jan 28, 2020 09:31AM ● By Jason Huddle

Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) is celebrating its 60th year in 2020 and recently made some announcements as to what fans can expect in the coming months. Leading off the event, CMS General Manager, Greg Walter announced that Elvis Presley’s™ pink-and-white 1955 Cadillac, the car most associated with “The King” and the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music, will roll into CMS to serve as the centerpiece attraction for the April 2-5 Pennzoil AutoFair.

Other than a trip to London in 2015, the iconic Fleetwood sedan, recognized as one of the most famous American-made cars, has not been displayed outside of Memphis since Elvis Presley’s Graceland® opened for tours in 1982. Currently the car resides in the new Presley Motors exhibit in the Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex across the street from Graceland.

Today, any finned Cadillac painted pink has come to symbolize Elvis Presley’s early career and the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Thousands of tribute cars, usually convertibles from the late 1950s driven by Elvis Tribute Artists and car collectors, can be seen around the world at car shows and in parades, but the original Elvis pink Cadillac will be on display during all four days of the AutoFair.

Next, Walter revealed the headlining artist for this year’s pre-concert for the All-Star Race on May 16, Chris Janson. Janson, a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist and Academy of Country Music awards winner known for No. 1 songs including “Buy Me a Boat,” “Fix a Drink” and “Good Vibes”, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

“The All-Star Race was made for the fans,” said Walter. “With Chris Janson’s spectacular pre-race concert and more pre-race fan access than ever before, this year’s all-star showcase of speed, excitement and million-dollar drama will captivate fans of all ages.”

In addition it was also announced that Robert Irvine, a world-famous chef, author, host of “Restaurant Impossible” on The Food Network, philanthropist and military enthusiast, has increased his investment in motorsports by developing a premier menu for race fans to enjoy at the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Irvine – who served as the grand marshal for the 2018 Coca-Cola 600 – will feature similar culinary creations on race weekends at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway,

Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway throughout the 2020 NASCAR season.

The Spirit of Hope Award-winning chef and founder of the Robert Irvine Foundation has hosted or appeared on Food Network shows including “Next Iron Chef,” “Restaurant Express,” “Chopped: Impossible,” “Guy’s Grocery Games: Impossible,” “A Hero’s Welcome” and “Food Network Star.”

Irvine, who became the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant in the Pentagon, has also received the accolade of being named United States Navy Honorary Chief Petty Officer due to his years of unfailing commitment to the military.

For more information on these and other events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.


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