American Idol David Cook is Zippo 200 Grand Marshal

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Platinum selling recording artist and American Idol winner David Cook will perform the National Anthem and give the command to start engines for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, Saturday, Aug. 11.

Cook rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol in 2008. Since then, Cook has sold over one million records, tallied two platinum singles and produced two top-20 hits. Cook’s first single, “Light On,” sold over one hundred thousand digital downloads in its first week, topping out at 17th on the Billboard Top 100 chart.

As Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200, Cook will deliver the most famous words in motorsports – the traditional call for drivers to start their engines. Additionally, Cook will perform the American National Anthem during the pre-race ceremony.

Tickets for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen (Aug. 9-12) weekend are on sale now. Fans may purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website,