Tuesday, June 22, 2010

McMurray and VanDam Swap Jobs for the Day

Jamie McMurray won NASCAR's most prestigious event – the 2010 Daytona 500. Exactly one week later, five-time Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam pulled a similar feat by winning the 2010 Bassmaster Classic, the biggest and most prestigious event in professional fishing.

Today, both Bass Pro Shops-sponsored athletes tried each other’s professions at Daytona International Speedway promoting the upcoming Coke Zero 400 and the “Reels and Wheels” ticket package.

First on the schedule was fishing on the waters of Lake Lloyd, a 29-acre lake located in the heart of Daytona International Speedway.

Fishing in a Bass Pro Nitro Z-9, VanDam, a five-time Angler of the Year and three-time Bassmaster Classic champion, schooled McMurray in the art of landing a big fish.

Following lunch, McMurray, who first came to Daytona as a kid racing karts, showed VanDam the twists and turns of karting with High Performance Karts from the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

“Kevin might be the best angler of all time,” McMurray said. “To be out on the water with him, and not only watch him fish, but listen to him talk about everything that goes along with fishing that I think the general angler doesn’t always take into consideration, it’s really fun to watch professionals do their sport. It was also gratifying to come over to the go-kart track and redeem myself a little bit.”

VanDam will return to Daytona for the Independence Day holiday classic serving as an Honorary Race Official. VanDam and McMurray are part of a unique ticket package – “Reels and Wheels” – which includes a race ticket, a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Pass and a fishing 101 fan forum with VanDam and McMurray.

Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Weekend are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/ or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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