U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 26

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Sunday, February 26th.  For NASCAR racing fans, today marks the long-awaited start of a new racing season with the 54th running of the Daytona 500.  Fans will be jamming the grandstands to see their favorites, including last year's series champion, Tony Stewart, and also to watch the young driver Trevor Bayne — who took the checkered flag in last year's Daytona 500 — to see if his career is still on track.  The first in the series in 1959 was won by Lee Petty in an Oldsmobile 88.  That year, a gallon of gas cost 25 cents and a new car was $2,200.  During the season, close to 6.5 million fans attend at least one race annually.  Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America—People, Places, and Our Economy.

Sources:  Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 144
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1246
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB07-FFSE.08

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau


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