Kentucky Speedway will promote the June release of Disney•Pixar's "Cars" feature film in the Cincinnati and Louisville, Ky. markets by playing co-host to advance screenings of the movie and giving away VIP race packages to the track's June 17 NASCAR Busch Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo."

After taking moviegoers magically into the realm of toys, bugs, monsters, fish, and superheroes, the masterful storytellers and technical wizards at Pixar Animation Studios ("The Incredibles," "Finding Nemo," "Monsters, Inc."), and Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter ("Toy Story," "Toy Story 2," "A Bug's Life"), hit the road with a fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars. The all-star vocal cast includes free-wheeling performances by Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy, racing legend Richard Petty and Cheech Marin. Fueled with plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama, and amazing new technical feats, CARS is a high octane delight for moviegoers of all ages. "Cars" video previews are available online at

The speedway will help host movie screenings in Louisville, Ky., June 6 and Cincinnati June 7 along with local media outlets. The Louisville, Ky., preview will be held at the Cinemark Tinseltown theaters at 4400 Towne Center Drive at 7:00 p.m. The Cincinnati preview will be held at the Springdale 18: Cinema de Lux (Showcase Springdale) theaters located at 12064 Springfield Pike at 7:00 p.m. Those interested in attending the screenings can tune to WAMZ-FM, WTFX-FM, WKRD-AM and WQMF-FM in Louisville and WLW-AM and WSAI 1360 Homer in Cincinnati for details.

Guests attending advance screening of "Cars" will be eligible to win "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" VIP packages that include four race tickets, pit passes and parking as well as other prizes packages from the speedway. Kentucky Speedway's "Horsepower" mascot also will be greeting guests during screenings.

"The 'Cars' promotion will definitely bring a unique element to our 'Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo' marketing campaign," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "We're excited for the release of 'Cars' and look forward to welcoming a sixth consecutive sellout crowd for our annual NASCAR Busch Series event."

Other main events on the speedway schedule include the July 8 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" and the August 13 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca Cola and Secret". Support events will spotlight the new USAC Silver Crown Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series and IRL Indy Pro Series.

The speedway also will host a one-night-only "Summer Night Jam 2006" concert featuring Alan Jackson, Big & Rich, Merle Haggard, Shannon Brown and Deana Carter.

Race and concert tickets are on sale now and can be reserved online at or and by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223). Fans also can reserve tickets through outlets including Meijer stores as well as the speedway ticket offices at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and the speedway Fan Center off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.

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