May 29, 2006

Deluge hits “Cars” outdoor premiere

By Borys Kit

CONCORD, North Carolina (Hollywood Reporter) - A heavy
rainstorm couldn't dampen the spirits of the 30,000 people who
turned out for the premiere of Disney/Pixar's "Cars" at an
elaborate event staged at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Friday's spectacle featured a 12-lap auto race, a
performance by country star Brad Paisley, and the screening of
the movie on four giant custom-built screens.

A deluge hit the speedway right before the event, causing a
planned helicopter entrance to be aborted and delaying the
celebrity arrivals.

When the rain finally cleared, a 166-yard long red carpet
leading into the Speedway sprang to life with the high-wattage
voice cast of the movie, including Owen Wilson. Paul Newman,
Bonnie Hunt and NASCAR greats Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
Jr. The film opens June 9.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter