Kelly Clarkson Signs Unique Deal with NASCAR

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Chris Daughtry may sing with the bulls.

But Kelly Clarkson rides with the drivers. Sort of.

In a "landmark collaboration," Clarkson "will be integrated into all aspects of NASCAR." The integration consists mainly of "an at-track concert, TV spot, charitable endeavors and NASCAR's Awards Dinner."
Kelly Clarkson Signs Unique Deal with NASCAR

"Anybody who knows me knows I'm a race fan and love NASCAR," said the first-ever America Idol. "I look forward to hanging out with the fans, drivers and the entire NASCAR community."

Kelly will start by headlining a pre-Daytona 500 FOX special Feb. 18, the NEXTEL Tribute to America. Next, she'll film a 30-second NASCAR commercial that will include a new song from her next album.

Clarkson will also be the spokesperson and ambassador for the fourth annual NASCAR Day May 18, appearing in another ad to promote the occasion. And she'll perform at NASCAR's 27th annual Champions Banquet in New York Dec. 3, which will be aired live on ESPN.

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