Van Halen suits up for NASCAR appearance


NEW YORK - Eddie Van Halen will serve as an honorary NASCAR official this weekend in what will be the rock guitarist's first public appearance since he entered rehab early last month.

Van Halen will participate Friday in pre-race activities at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event at the Phoenix International Raceway, unveiling a limited edition Fender Stratocaster guitar series. Additionally, he is set to greet drivers on the pre-race stage the following day as they are introduced prior to the start of the race.

The rocker entered a rehabilitation facility four days before he and his Van Halen bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York.