Garth Brooks Makes NASCAR Connection

Garth Brooks has aligned himself with NASCAR and will appear in print, radio and television ads promoting NASCAR Day. The advertising campaign begins during the 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17. Brooks and NASCAR president Mike Helton made the announcement Tuesday (Jan. 8) during a press conference at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. NASCAR Day, celebrated on the third Friday in May, raises money for the NASCAR Foundation, a nonprofit organization which supports charities that assist children. Brooks established his own charity, Teammates for Kids, a decade ago to fund health, education and inner-city services for children. Although Brooks has not scheduled a performance in conjunction with NASCAR Day, he has not ruled it out. “If we would [perform], it would be something that Mike and I would sit around and talk about,” Brooks said. “We tried to do something for Daytona this year, but that didn’t work out. … If we do get to play, it’s for charity, which, truthfully, is what the gift was given to me for anyway. We don’t have any plans at this time.”