Edwards To Appear On "24"

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, traveled to Chatsworth, Calif. to appear in his first role in a primetime drama. Edwards, who was in town to promote the upcoming race at California Speedway on February 26, took part in the filming of FOX's hit show "24" that is set to air Monday, April 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

This wasn't Edwards' first foray into acting as he made a guest appearance as himself on the hit soap opera "The Guiding Light" back in October of 2005.

"First I have to thank California Speedway for setting this up, this is a lot of fun," said Edwards. "I definitely think acting is something I'd like to do more of. I had such a blast being on the set of 24. Everyone was just awesome. Jon (Cassar), the director, and Kiefer (Sutherland) have been great to work with, really everyone is just so nice and really made me feel at home. The best part was they gave me a line to read. The cameras started to roll and as I was walking over to shake the other character's hand I realized my palms were a little sweaty which doesn't happen very often."

Edwards arrived early to the set for a behind-the-scenes tour. After some makeup, a wardrobe fitting and meeting with director Jon Cassar, Edwards was ready to break a leg. As he walked across the set and delivered his line, Edwards looked like a pro and it didn't go unnoticed. Even though actor Kiefer Sutherland, who plays Jack Bauer on the hit show, wasn't in the scene with Edwards, he still critiqued his performance.

"I watched a couple takes and he was moving faster than our average extra," said Sutherland. "Our teamsters right now are so excited about having Carl here it's unbelievable. Most of our guys come all the way from Georgia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and are huge NASCAR fans, so they've been waiting for this day for a while. I would have loved to have done a scene with him and we still might someday."

When asked if he would like to try his hand at Edwards' profession, Sutherland replied, "My line of work is inherently less dangerous than his. Yeah, I wouldn't mind taking one (a race car) for a spin but I certainly wouldn't even get it to half the speed those guys do racing."

"I think Kiefer would do pretty good in a race car," Edwards continued. "I invited him out to the race at California in a few weeks to get a behind-thescenes look at what we do. I know I was in awe of everything that it takes to put together a production like 24. I would love to return the invitation and allow him to come into our world. I even told him he could talk to me on our team radios, which I think sparked his interest."

Fans can catch Edwards in action as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season gets underway this month with the Daytona 500 on February 19. Edwards and the Office Depot team will make a return trip to California Speedway for the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, February 26, which airs live on FOX (check your local listings for start times). After a full day of racing, fans can tune in to FOX's hit show "24" on Mondays at 9/8c.

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