There’s going to be more passion at the Daytona 500 than just the fervor of the NASCAR fans. The No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevy driven by Bobby Labonte will have its hood painted with a logo promoting The Passion of the Christ. It’s a fact that NASCAR fans are probably the most openly Christian fans, as a demographic, among all sports fans, and are predominantly Southerners. Every race is opened with a Christian prayer, which is always broadcast on TV. One time, the Catholic bishop of Vermont was asked to give the pre-race prayer before one of the New Hampshire races. Plus there’s the fact that many of the drivers are open about their Christian faith in media appearances.
It seems that the Chairman of Interstate Batteries is a big supporter of the film. Jim Caviezel will also attend the race as a guest of Interstate Batteries.
We just have to get used to the fact that the movie is not just a religious phenomenon, but a media event as well. On the other hand, it will be nice to see the name of Christ seen in one of the most-watched sporting events of the year (and not being taken in vain!)
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