Tuesday, February 17, 2009

NASCAR's Jeff Burton to Appear on GH

Jeff Burton will trade in his fire suit and helmet for an acting role on ABC's GENERAL HOSPITAL.

Burton, driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet, will visit the set of GENERAL HOSPITAL on Thursday to take part in scenes with top neurosurgeon and Port Charles resident Dr. Patrick Drake. Drake's character, played by Canadian actor Jason Thompson, is an avid fan of racing on the popular daytime Emmy award-winning series.

"I'm excited about going to the set of GENERAL HOSPITAL and taking on a role with Jason," Burton said. "I've been in commercials and was a guest star on a sitcom a couple of years ago so I'm hoping those appearances prepped me for my soap-opera debut. Luckily, I get to play myself and talk racing, which will help take some of the pressure off."

After Thompson teaches Burton the ins and outs of being a soap opera actor, the roles will reverse when Thompson visits Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., to shadow Burton on Sunday.

Burton will treat the actor to a pace car ride before heading out to the Caterpilar hospitality tent where both will participate in question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Before taking a seat atop the Cat Racing team's pit box for the Sprint Cup Series race, Thompson also will participate in the race track's pre-race festivities by attending the drivers' meeting and driver introductions.

Burton's episode is slated to air in mid-March.

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