National Anthem performers announced for Cheez-It™ 355 weekend at Watkins Glen International


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 27, 2016) -- Former U.S. Marine and star of the hit network television show Gotham, J.W. Cortes, has been named the National Anthem singer for the Cheez-It™ 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on August 7th at Watkins Glen International.

Cortes, who currently stars as Detective Alvarez on FOX’s Batman-inspired hit, also serves as a New York City MTA police officer. Cortes is also an ambassador for Boot Campaign, a national military-focused nonprofit that engages all generations of Americans in supporting those who defend the United States’ freedom.

On Saturday, Nashville recording artist Electra Mustaine, daughter of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, will perform “The Star Spangled Banner”. Mustaine is set to release a new single on August 5th and has been a hit at several tracks on the NASCAR circuit in 2016.

Windsor, Ontario’s Amy Rivard will perform the Canadian national anthem before Saturday and Sunday’s races, in addition to both anthems on Friday prior to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bully Hill Vineyards 100. Rivard has toured the world with shows such Riverdance, Celtic Woman, Disney, among several others.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen International August 4-7 for the Cheez-It™ 355 race weekend, which also features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bully Hill Vineyards 100, and NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200.

Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Tickets for the Cheez-It™ 355 and other events at Watkins Glen International are available at

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