Shamu to Make Big Splash at Daytona
- Jun 30, 2006
- 48 Team
ORLANDO (June 30, 2006) - Shamu and Jimmie Johnson have a lot in common. Both know a thing or two about speed and strength, Johnson as the leader in the NASCAR Nextel Cup points race, and Shamu as the top predator in the ocean.
On July 1, Shamu teams up with the Daytona 500 champion at the superspeedway. In what’s sure to be an exciting night of racing, Shamu will be featured in a special paint scheme on the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The paint scheme is part of SeaWorld’s introduction of its new Shamu show, “Believe,” open now at all three SeaWorld parks.
“All kids love Shamu,” said Johnson. “I know I did growing up in San Diego. Saturday night, I’m bringing Shamu to the beaches of Daytona and hopefully introducing him to Victory Lane.”
Killer whales may reach speeds up to 30 mph and may weigh more than 10,000 pounds, but Saturday, Shamu will be ready to reach speeds well over 100 mph as he goes for a ride on Johnson’s race car.
“We are excited to see the Shamu paint scheme Saturday and fortunate to have Jimmie Johnson and Lowe’s help us show race fans how much fun Shamu and SeaWorld are, especially as we launch our new show, which, like racing, is great family entertainment,” said Robin Carson, BEC’s corporate marketing vice president.
In addition, Lowe’s will offer Build and Grow Kids’ Clinics when the Team Lowe’s Fan Experience visits SeaWorld Orlando Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2 during park hours, and at the more than 1,250 Lowe’s stores nationwide, Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m. The clinics offer young fans the opportunity to build wooden No. 48 race cars featuring the Shamu paint scheme that Johnson will race in Daytona.
“Lowe’s is pleased to offer this unique experience to our race fans,” said Bob Gfeller, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing. “We are always looking for ways to maximize the racing experience for Team 48 fans and their families.”
Lowe’s is the official home improvement store of the nine Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC) theme parks nationwide, including SeaWorld in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio.
About Busch Entertainment Corp.
Busch Entertainment Corp., the family entertainment subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., operates nine U.S. theme parks: SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla., San Diego and San Antonio; Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va.; Discovery Cove in Orlando; Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa.; Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. BEC and its parks employ nearly 20,000 people nationwide. For more information, please visit www.seaworld.com.
About Team Lowe’s Racing
Lowe’s enters its fifth year as primary sponsor of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo, driven by Jimmie Johnson in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. In 2006, Sta Green®, Spectracide®, Shop-Vac®, Pella®, Hitachi Power Tools and Kobalt return to the Busch Series, supporting the No. 5 Lowe’s Chevrolet driven by veteran Kyle Busch. Lowe’s also sponsors the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype for drivers Adrián Fernández and Mario Haberfeld in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. Lowe’s, the second largest home improvement retailer in the world, also operates one of the largest fan clubs in the sport. For more information on Team Lowe’s Racing, visit Lowesracing.com.