Palm Beach, Fla. – As the sun prepares to rise upon the 2014 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series, tens of thousands of passionate drag racing fans will flock to Palm Beach International Raceway™ for the fourth consecutive year, the lighting quick quarter-mile plays host to The Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc. PRO Winter Warm-up on January 17th & 18th 2014. And the honor of starting the event both nights by singing the United States National Anthem will be NHRA Drag Racer and Drive4COPD Advocate Ambassador Joe Morrison.
Morrison, a professionally trained vocalist and guitar player has years of experience performing in front of large crowds. In fact, in 2013, the talented Drag Racer from Flemington, NJ played in a Van Halen Tribute Band. However, this will be the first time that the aspiring Top Fuel Dragster Driver has been given the honor of paying tribute to America by singing the National Anthem in-between two of the very same Top Fuel Dragster's he's planning on driving in 2015.
"Growing up in Drag Racing, one of my favorite traditions is the singing of the Star Spangled Banner prior to the firing of the first pair of race cars," noted Morrison, a second-generation drag racer who has served as an Advocacy Captain in the State of New Jersey for the COPD Foundation for the past three years. "But to be given this honor to sing our Nation's National Anthem in front of my peers and the thousands of passionate drag racing fans at PBIR is truly special. I can't thank Joe Castello of WFO Radio and the staff at PBIR enough for this outstanding opportunity. As a proud American I will pour my heart into this effort."
Presented by Bennett Auto Supply, the PRO Winter Warm-up will feature an impressive group of drag racing’s elite including Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta, David Grubnic, Del Worsham and Alexis DeJoria – the daughter of Paul Mitchell Hair Products founder John Paul Dejoria.