Broadway Performer, American Idol Runner-Up Diana DeGarmo to Sing National Anthem for USG SHEETROCK 400

2004 American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo - who will be returning to Broadway in September to perform in the hit musical "Hairspray" - will sing the National Anthem for the USG SHEETROCK® 400, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, July 9 (2:30 p.m. Central on TNT).

As part of the pre-race festivities, DeGarmo will sing the anthem a cappella style, fulfilling a long standing tradition of NASCAR and racing events throughout the country. Her performance will be punctuated with an overhead flyby of B-52s out of Barksdale Air Force Base.

"I am very honored to be performing at Chicagoland Speedway for all of the millions of NASCAR fans," DeGarmo said. "I myself have been a huge NASCAR fan since I can remember, and having this wonderful opportunity is so exciting. All of the drivers of NASCAR are so amazing, and I'm looking forward to a great race!"

DeGarmo is scheduled to perform the National Anthem at approximately 2:30 p.m. from the start-finish line of the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway. The USG SHEETROCK® 400 is slated to start at approximately 2:45 p.m. CT.

"Diana DeGarmo's remarkable vocal ability has enabled her to accomplish a great deal at a very young age, from her run on American Idol to her Broadway debut earlier this year," said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. "We are very excited that she will be a part of our pre-race ceremonies for the USG SHEETROCK® 400, and we're excited to hear her perform our National Anthem."

DeGarmo recently completed her Broadway debut in "Hairspray," to which she will return in September after completing the national tour of "BKLYN," in which she stars in the title role. The show is a musical journey of a young girl in search of fame and the father she never knew. DeGarmo also continues to perform in concert and to make special appearances on her days off.

DeGarmo's first single, "Dreams," hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart, followed by her album "Blue Skies."

For more information about the July 7-9 USG NASCAR weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, visit .

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