March 26, 2008 Country music and NASCAR go together like...well, like country music and NASCAR, according to the artists and drivers featured on Great American Country's (GAC) newest one-hour series, "Drafting Partners." Debuting April 9 at 9 p.m. ET, "Drafting Partners" places country music artists who are NASCAR fans out of their element and sometimes into the driver's seat at some of NASCAR's most popular tracks and properties.
Each week, GAC pairs an artist with a NASCAR driver to learn more about Americas number-one motorsport and discover the artists' similarities in "putting on the show," families, and life on the road. Throughout "Drafting Partners," the artists, drivers, and fans show some of their favorite country music videos.
"In the past year we've increased the number of shows relating to the NASCAR genre, and we've found the shows resonated well with our audience. In some instances, the artists, such as those featured in our new program, have been following the sport for years," states Sarah Trahern, senior vice president of programming for GAC. "This program combines a series of things our viewers like best- country music artists, NASCAR and of course, music videos."
Arista Nashville recording artist Jason Michael Carroll (best known for his hits, "Alyssa Lies" and "Livin' Our Love Song") teams with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Scott Wimmer to host the first episodes. A long-time NASCAR aficionado, Jason Michael gets the tour of his dreams as Wimmer shows him Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two witness the speed and athleticism of the pit crew for Wimmer's teammate, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, watch the race from on top of the team's hauler and sign autographs for fans at one of NASCAR's most popular tracks.
"We had a great time," Jason Michael says, "and getting to hang out with Scott and take in the whole NASCAR experience was really amazing."
Derived from the racing technique where two cars run together "bumper-to-bumper" to use nature's force to propel them faster, the drafting technique is something Jason Michael says country music artists can relate to in their careers.
"An example of drafting in our industry is when artists select opening acts for their tours. Sometimes you're fortunate to play for an act on the same label (or team), and other times you align with an artist you admire who can help take you to the next level."
"Drafting Partners" is produced by NASCAR Media Group and is the first GAC series solely dedicated to connecting country music and NASCAR fans.
"Throughout NASCAR's 60 years, many drivers have been avid country music fans, and that continues today," said Jay Abraham, Chief Operating Officer of NASCAR Media Group and Vice President, New Media and Content for NASCAR. "We're proud to partner with GAC to take country music fans on a unique backstage pass to NASCAR, and to give them a chance to see how the top personalities in our sport and country music are similar."
If you miss the April 9 premiere, you can also catch "Drafting Partners" on these days & times (all times Eastern):
April 10 at 1 a.m.; 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.; April 12 at 9 a.m.; April 13 at 10 p.m.; April 12 at 2 a.m.; April 16 at 9 p.m.; April 17 at 1 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; April 19 at 9 a.m.; and April 20 at 10 p.m.
For more on "Drafting Partners," including more information on participating artists and drivers, visit GACTV.com.