Kentucky Speedway will welcome ABC Daytime star and Ft. Mitchell, Ky., native Rebecca Budig as the honorary starter of "The AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 Presented by GPSI" Indy Racing League IndyCar Series event on August 14.

The actress will wave the green flag to start the event at 3:45 p.m.

The Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts graduate went on to major in zoology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, before moving to Los Angeles in 1993 to pursue her acting career.

Daytime audiences first became familiar with the two-time Emmy nominee and "Soap Opera Digest" Award winner when she played the virtuous Michelle Bauer on "Guiding Light" from 1995 to 1998. She joined the cast of "All My Children" in 1999, creating the role of Greenlee Smythe. Her film credits include a brief, but memorable, role in "Batman Forever," in which she shares a kiss with one of the film's stars, Chris O'Donnell; "God's Lonely Man;" and "James Dean: A Race with Destiny." Music fans may remember her from her first acting job in Aerosmith's "Living on the Edge" video.

In addition to "All My Children," she can be seen on the ABC Family Channel as the host for the re-broadcast of "The Bachelorette" and "The Bachelor." She also is the host of "Full Frontal Fashion" on the WE Network and has written a book with the same title. In addition, she has made many guest appearances and served as guest co-host on ABC's "The View" and continues to make guest appearances on ABC's "Hope & Faith."

In her spare time, she enjoys working out, reading, knitting and baking. She currently resides in New York City and actively supports The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Parkinson Disease Foundation, United Coalition For Animals (UCAN) and Happy Tails, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit www.rebeccabudig.org to learn more.

The fourth of five event weekends at the speedway begins on Saturday, August 13, with "The Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Day." Speedway gates open at 10:00 AM, and the full day of activity includes four IndyCar Series practice sessions, IndyCar Series qualifying and "The Bluegrass 100" Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series race.

The all open-wheel weekend continues on August 14 when gates open at 10:30 AM with the final IndyCar Series practice. Country music trio SHeDAISY will take the WUBE-FM B-105 Country Sound Stage at 1:00 PM, and the "AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 Presented by GPS Industries" field will take the green flag at 3:45 PM.

Tickets for both race events are still available and can be purchased online through http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com or http://www.tickets.com. Tickets also can be reserved by phone at 888-652-RACE, through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores and through Kentucky Speedway ticket offices located at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, in Ft. Mitchell or the Fan Center located outside the speedway.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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