50 Cent back at Daytona looking for a kiss

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm •  Published: February 22, 2014
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — 50 Cent wants to get kissed or die tryin' at Daytona.

The rapper was back for Daytona 500 weekend a year after he tried to plant an awkward smooch on Fox reporter Erin Andrews.

He failed to connect — but 50 Cent has big plans for his follow up.

"I was looking forward to kissing somebody," 50 Cent said Saturday.

He didn't have to look far. 50 Cent shared a stage with Swan Racing drivers Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman.

"I'm going to kiss Cole," 50 Cent said.

"Only if I win," Whitt responded.

50 Cent, who launched an ultra-successful, six-times platinum debut with "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" in 2003, was at Daytona to celebrate his latest business deal. He brought his headphones and audio line into NASCAR via a partnership with Swan Racing.

The rapper — born Curtis Jackson — will have branding for his SMS Audio line on both of Swan Racing's cars for Sunday's Daytona 500. The logos will also be on Kligerman and Whitt's uniforms, and the drivers will be featured on Swan-branded SMS Audio headphones.

Kligerman took 50 Cent for a wild spin around Daytona in the pace car and hit 135 mph early in the day.

"I didn't know a Camry could do that!" 50 Cent said.

Kligerman, who went airborne and landed on the roof in his first full Daytona 500 practice, kept 50 Cent and the car on four wheels. He was thrilled to be associated with one of his favorite artists. He said his favorite 50 Cent song is "How To Rob."

"That was the one in high school a lot of my friends talked about all the time," Kligerman said. "But for pump-up song, I know you've heard this a lot, but 'Many Men.'"

This was just the warm up. Who knows what's in store for race day?

In the strangest part of the buildup to last year's Daytona 500, 50 Cent brought back memories of Joe Namath's awkward attempt to plant one on Suzy Kolber when he tried the same move with Andrews on pit road.

She turned her head one way, then the other, only allowing the "Candy Shop" rapper to get a peck on the cheek.

"I wanted to kiss her, man," 50 Cent said. "She handled it amazingly."

He's such a NASCAR fan, 50 Cent might be willing to spend some big bucks and invest in team ownership.

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