CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct.7, 2011) – Race fans can find the perfect complement to their Bank of America 500 experience in Charlotte, N.C., as the NASCAR Hall of Fame presents a variety of special events beginning Tuesday, Oct. 11 and concluding Sunday, Oct. 16.
“The NASCAR Hall of Fame is presenting a star-studded lineup during the Bank of America 500 race weekend,” said Winston Kelley, executive director for the facility. “Combining the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a visit to the Hall, fans will see why Charlotte offers one of the best all-around race experiences in the country.”
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The venue has extended hours of 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 16. A list of special activities follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 11 - Race week events at the NASCAR Hall of Fame kick off Tuesday, Oct. 11 with five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson. Guests are invited to join media for a special announcement and 30-minute question-and-answer session with Johnson in Great Hall at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12 - Race fans can witness a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Great Hall withKerry Earnhardt to launch the Earnhardt Collection by Schumacher Homes.
Saturday, Oct. 15 - 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Darrell Waltrip starts the day at 9:30 a.m. with an autograph session for NASCAR Hall of Fame Members. He will participate in a fan question-and-answer session at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall for all visitors.
Sunday, Oct. 16 - Fans can continue their race weekend experience meeting living legends of the sport at the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2012 Inductee Day. 2012 Inductees Dale Inman, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough will be onsite for a Q&A session from 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Plus NASCAR Hall of Fame Members are invited to attend an autograph session from noon – 1 p.m. Legends Members receive the maximum face-to-face time with Inductees at a private reception attended by the Inductees at 1:30 p.m.
Guests also can lace up their running shoes and do a little racing of their own at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 in the second annual Kasey Kahne Foundation “Five Kahne.” The run begins at Bank of America Stadium and concludes at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and includes a 5K run and a Kid’s Dash. Following the run, fans can participate in a question-and-answer session with Kahne. Through a partnership with the NC STEM Community Collaborative, proceeds from the run will fund grants for educational field trips to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Prizes will be awarded to winners, including a limited number of Samsung Galaxy Tabs, an Android tablet, provided by Sprint. Online registration is open athttp://runforyourlife.com/events. Registration begins at $10 for children and $20 for adults. Packages including admission to the NASCAR Hall of Fame also are available.
Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or at www.NASCARHall.com. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Memberships are available starting at $25 for children and $50 for adults.
About NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. It was the second highest attended sports hall of fame in American its opening year. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010 and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The venue is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the CharlotteConvention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. www.NASCARHall.com.