Thursday, May 17, 2012
Celebrities, New Races and Souvenir Keepsakes All Part of the Greatest 10 Days in Racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fans headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 10 greatest days in racing will have plenty of opportunities to fully immerse themselves in all that is NASCAR as drivers take to the track for back-to-back weekend of racing.
Star-Studded Celebrity Lineup Headed to Coca-Cola 600
For those looking to be star-struck, Charlotte Motor Speedway is the place to be during Coca-Cola 600 weekend. Some of the biggest stars from the stage to the silver screen will take part in the 53rd running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 27.
County music will be well-represented, with singer Darius Rucker performing a pre-race concert and singing the National Anthem before the green flag drops. Joining him will be fellow country star Tim McGraw, who will introduce the Top 10 qualifiers during driver introductions.
Charlotte-native and star of the upcoming movie “Battleship,” Brooklyn Decker will serve as the Honorary Race Director, while former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory has been named Honorary Starter and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has been named Grand Marshal.
NASCAR 101 Helps First-Time Fan Learn the Ropes
Fans new to Charlotte Motor Speedway or racing in general can get a crash course in what to expect from some of the industry’s best before the green flag drops on the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will spend about 15 minutes with Miss Sprint Cup talking to fans about everything from qualifying to pit stops, beginning at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Earlier in the day, at 2 p.m., NASCAR radio personality and the voice of PRN, Doug Rice, will host a similar Q&A session with first-time fans.
The event will be held at The Sprint Experience area next to the speedway’s main entrance.
Global Rallycross Invades Charlotte During Racing Doubleheader
On May 26, race fans will get a unique thrill as X Games stars like Travis Pastrana, Tanner Foust, Ken Block and Brian Deegan take to a custom-designed three-quarter-mile course along the frontstretch for the season-opener of the Global Rallycross Championship.
The double-header starts with the NASCAR Nationwide Series HISTORY 300. Following that race, Global Rallycross drivers will be in the grandstands visiting fans and signing autographs while speedway official construct a one-of-a-kind course of tight turns, jumps and water features.
The drivers will pilot their 600-horsepower turbo-charged machines through a series of heat races in hopes of advancing to Saturday’s main feature.
Fans can experience both races for one low ticket price. Adult tickets start at just $25. Children 13 and under are admitted free.
Greatest Show on Dirt Returns May 25
On Friday, May 25, the action moves to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown. Known for providing The Greatest Show on Dirt, the stars of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will take to the four-tenths-mile clay oval for a 30-lap showdown in the heart of NASCAR country.
Fans can meet all the stars from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series including Cody Darrah, Joey Saldana, Donny Schatz and Steve Kinser during an autograph session on the main concourse from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. with the Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown 30-lap A-Main scheduled to start at 8:35 p.m. After the World of Outlaws sprint car feature is complete, the NDRA Crate Late Model Series will take to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for their $2,000-to-win feature event.
Sam Bass Shows Off Latest Souvenir Program Covers
NASCAR artist Sam Bass has long left his mark on the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway by bringing the covers of the souvenir programs to life with his unique vision and grasp of motorsports.
Bass, the official artist of NASCAR, has been designing program covers for Charlotte Motor Speedway since 1985, and was on hand Wednesday to unveil his latest designs.
Once again, Bass’ covers for both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race “Throwdown at Charlotte” and the Coca-Cola 600 “Let Freedom Race” programs are a can’t-miss keepsake for fans, whether their coming to their very first race or have been longtime fans.
PRN Set to Broadcast to Worldwide Audience
PRN is prepared to broadcast the events surrounding NASCAR’s greatest test of man and machine, the Coca-Cola 600. PRN will provide live coverage of LiftMaster Pole Night from CMS on Thursday May 24, at 7 p.m., heard exclusively on goprn.com.
PRN will air the HISTORY Channel 300 on Saturday May 26, air time is 2 p.m., the Coca-Cola 600 will air on 400 radio stations including SIRIUS-XM Channel 90. PRN coverage starts at 5 p.m. on Sunday May 27. All PRN race broadcast are available online at PRN affiliate website and also a goprn.com.
The PRN broadcast includes co-anchors Doug Rice and Mark Garrow, turn announcers Brad Gillie, Rob Albright, pit reporters Jim Noble, Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Pat Patterson.
For more great ticket offers and promotions for any Charlotte Motor Speedway events, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). For all the latest news from the Mecca of motorsports, follow the speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cltmotorspdwy.