- Danica Patrick, one of NASCAR's biggest celebrities, will co-host the American Country Awards show.
- She will join singer Trace Adkins, who has emceed the program since the first one in 2010.
- Patrick has become a presence in the country music world, starting when she appeared in Miranda Lambert's "Fastest Girl in Town" music video last year.
LAS VEGAS — Danica Patrick, one of NASCAR's biggest celebrities, will co-host the American Country Awards show.
The show will be held December 10 at Mandalay Bay hotel and televised on Fox.
"I've become a huge fan of country music since I came to NASCAR and have been fortunate to be in videos with Miranda Lambert and Colt Ford," said Patrick in a statement on her Web site. "This is going to be a really cool experience and I'm excited to be a part of it."
Patrick debuted in the country music world when she appeared as the driver of a stolen 1969 Chevrolet Camaro in the video for Miranda Lambert's "Fastest Girl in Town" last year.
The American Country Awards event is one of a number of programs honoring entertainers in country music.
Patrick, 31, will help to emcee the program along with performer Trace Adkins, who has served in this role since the inception of the program in 2010.
It's the second awards-show appearance this year for Patrick, who was a presenter at July's ESPY Awards, the annual sports awards program presented by ESPN.
Patrick, who drives for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, has only one victory in IndyCar and none yet in her NASCAR endeavor. However, she has been ultra-successful as a celebrity and is in demand as an advertising and marketing spokesperson.
NASCAR's most high-profile female has appeared in commercials for race team sponsor GoDaddy.
She has served as host of several media programs, including Spike television's Powerblock. Patrick turned down an opportunity to appear on ABC's Dancing With the Stars last year.
She has appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition twice and in 2005, after she became the first woman to lead a lap in the Indianapolis 500, she was the first IndyCar driver to be featured on that magazine's cover since Al Unser, Sr. in 1987 after he won his fourth 500.
Patrick won the Kids Choice Award for favorite female athlete in 2008 and again in 2012.
Edmunds says: Danica Patrick is one of those rare athletes with the ability to cross over into entertainment.