CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2011) — Giving a whole new meaning to “pulling double duty,” NASCAR driver Joey Logano will recover from 220.5 grueling miles of road course racing at Watkins Glen International on Sunday (ESPN, 1 p.m. ET) by taking a food challenge on Monday in New York for an upcoming episode of Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation.
Logano, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, is looking forward to meeting host Adam Richman and partaking in the food challenge. Richman, who has crisscrossed the country taking on various food challenges the last three years, will serve as the Grand Marshal for Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen and will be cheering Logano on throughout Monday’s shoot.
Logano will learn details of the challenge shortly before the shoot on Monday and his fans can see the NASCAR edition of Man v. Food Nation on Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. ET on Travel Channel.
“I watch the show and I think Adam is hysterical,” Logano said. “I am looking forward to spending the weekend at Watkins Glen with him and showing him around the garage. Outside of that I am not sure what I have gotten myself into with the eating contest. Best case scenario is I have a large portion of Chicken Parm, which is my favorite meal. What would not be so good for me is if I had to eat a large amount of beans. Outside of green beans, I am not a fan of the others.”
Logano’s upcoming appearance on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation comes on the heels of several other high-profile drivers appearing in various entertainment projects both on television and in film. From A&E’s The Glades and USA’s Necessary Roughness to Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game and Paramount’s Transformers 3, NASCAR and its drivers have been integrated into more than 30 television and film projects in 2011 alone.
“NASCAR is full of athletes with extraordinary star power and mainstream appeal,” said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR’s managing director of entertainment marketing and business development. “Our drivers continue to be coveted by the entertainment industry, and we’re excited to partner with fantastic networks like Travel Channel to expose NASCAR to new and emerging audiences.”