Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir attends Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (AP) -- Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir had good reason for his long, strange trip to an ARCA race at Daytona.

With his hair tinged with more than just a touch of grey, Weir was on the starting grid to support his sister-in-law in the stock car race.

Leilani Munter, you better watch your speed. 
 
Weir took a short break from his steady performing to hit Daytona International Speedway and watch the opening laps from the pits.
 
 "It's fun, of course," said the 67-year-old Weir, shuffling around the garage in sandals.  "That's the whole idea."
 
 Weir is no stranger to big sporting events. He recently joined Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh and former San Francisco Giants third base coach and musician Tim Flannery to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 3 of the NL Championship Series in October at AT&T Park.
 
Weir once sang the national anthem at Infineon Raceway before a NASCAR race. He liked what he heard Saturday from Trinity Andrews, of Tampa, Florida, who sang "God Bless America."
 
"She's got pipes," he said. "Keep it simple."
 
Weir, who has no plan to slow down his touring schedule, would be up for a NASCAR encore one year at the Daytona 500.
 
 "One of these days, sure," he said. "You probably have to put out a country record first."   
 
Kid Rock headlines this year's Daytona 500 pre-race concert _ joining a long list of past performers including Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.
 
The Grateful Dead will hit the road this summer onstage for reunion concerts marking the band's 50th birthday and the 20th anniversary of the passing of founding member Jerry Garcia.
 
"The music itself is a lot of fun and real rewarding to approach it differently every time we come around to a given tune," he said. "The songs just continually evolve and reveal themselves to us."
 

 

 

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