Fans at Phoenix International Raceway will be in for a treat at the DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans when Drew Ryniewicz, one of the breakout stars of FOX’s talent-search show “X Factor USA,” performs the national anthem on stage before the start of the race.
The semifinal race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season, the DAV 200 is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2:00 p.m. MST (4:00 p.m. EST) and will be televised live on ESPN2.
The talented young singer burst onto the national scene in 2011 as a 14-year-old when she captured the attention of millions of fans with her unique and soulful renditions of songs such as Justin Bieber’s Baby on “X Factor USA.” Her popularity with the show’s viewers was so strong that host Simon Cowell declared that she was “now known simply as ‘Drew.’”
Since her season on “X Factor USA,” Drew has released her first EP, “Hello it’s Me,” performed across the country, and spent time in Nashville and Los Angeles writing and recording. Not only does her Pop/AC sound have industry experts on the edge of their seats, Drew is also a bit of a NASCAR enthusiast. She currently sits in second place in the NASCAR Celebrity Fantasy League.
“Well, I can’t say I’d give up music for racing, but I have to say I get pretty excited by the speed,” says Drew. “And some of the drivers definitely can turn your head!”
A native of Chino Valley, Ariz., Drew is currently working on her first album, which is scheduled for release in early 2015.Tickets to the DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans, and all of the races throughout NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, are available on PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).