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May 09, 2012
Day of unveiling includes new exhibits, Members-only preview and
2012 Inductee Social and Q&A session with Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 9, 2012) – The NASCAR Hall of Fame officially unveils the complete 2012 Class of Inductee exhibition in the Hall of Honor on Friday, May 18.
A preview of the 2012 Class exhibit has been on display in the Great Hall since the Induction Ceremony in January featuring Richie Evans, Dale Inman, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough’s race cars. The cars will be relocated to the Hall of Honor and, starting May 18, the full exhibition will be revealed with authentic artifacts, new documentary films and an updated, touch-screen directory spotlighting each 2012 Inductee.
Fans can find an enlightening, visual stroll through history with an array of artifacts on display which were personally chosen and provided by each Inductee or their family. Artifacts range from the customary trophies, awards, driver attire, tools, equipment and championship rings to the more personal and unique like Evans’ 1985 silver NASCAR driver’s license, Waltrip’s titanium surgical leg insert and screws and Yarborough’s cowboy hat and boots.
“We plan to deliver a special day of activities for the Inductees and their families, our Members and all our guests in conjunction with the Hall of Honor opening,” said Winston Kelley, executive director for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Seeing the faces of the Inductees, and even more so the families, as they experience the magnificent history of their accomplishments for the first time has been among our most special days each year. The day promises to be memorable for all involved – our Inductees, Members and guests.”
The exhibition opening is bolstered by the day’s lineup of festivities. NASCAR Hall of Fame Legends, Champions and Winners-level Members can feel like guests of honor as they are invited to an exclusive preview of the Hall of Honor exhibition from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. attended by 2012 Inductees Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough. Following the preview, Waltrip, Wood and Yarborough will join all visitors in the Great Hall for a Q&A session.
Schedule of events:
Facility extended hours 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8 – 10 a.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame Members Exclusive Preview of the 2012 Hall of Honor exhibits.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame Legends, Champions & Winners Members Hall of Honor Social with Waltrip, Wood and Yarborough.
11 a.m. Hall of Honor opens to the public.
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Waltrip, Wood and Yarborough Q&A in the Great Hall.
Fans visiting the 150,000 square-foot entertainment attraction during the month of May will find a month of special May Days activities, a second new exhibition Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Stars are Born, NASCAR celebrity appearances, exclusive Member-only events, Voting Day and the announcement of the 2013 Class of Inductees.
The 2012 Class Hall of Honor exhibition is free with general admission.
Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or at NASCARHall.com. General 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. Annual Memberships are available starting at $25 for children and $50 for adults. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with extended hours in May. For updates and details about the NASCAR Hall of Fame, guests can visit www.NASCARHall.com, Facebook.com/NASCARHall or @NASCARHall on Twitter.
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. 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 opened 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 Charlotte Convention 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.