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Source: Press Release
March 15, 2005
Rick Hendrick, Hendrick Motorsports owner, will lead an effort by the Charlotte region to bring the much-applauded NASCAR Hall of Fame to the area.
"We're coming together to create a world-class proposal," Hendrick said. "With most of the racing industry based here, this region is the ideal place for NASCAR's Hall of Fame. I'm just proud to be part of the effort."
Joining Rick Hendrick as Honorary Grand Marshals are several statewide leaders: Governor Mike Easley, Senate President Pro-Tem Marc Basnight, House Speaker Jim Black, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr, Congressman Mel Watt and local and national businessman Felix Sabates.
Hendrick will be sending letters to statewide business and industry leaders seeking their endorsement as well.
"We are extremely fortunate to have the support of key leaders who understand the importance of the motor sports industry to our economy and share the vision for the great economic development opportunity a NASCAR Hall of Fame means for our region," said Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) and the Charlotte Chamber will coordinate the response with Chairman Luther Cochrane, Chamber Chair Cathy Bessant and Mayor McCrory leading the charge.
"This could historically be one of the most substantial and paramount additions to the regional landscape," said Cathy Bessant. Luther Cochrane adds, "NASCAR is the Number 1 sports event in attendance across the country and the Number 2 rated sport on television. The Charlotte region is NASCAR and we will do everything we can to secure its home right here in the Charlotte region."
A group of volunteers representing chambers and other community organizations have formed a taskforce to work on specific proposal development. Response to the bid request is due May 31, 2005.
All inquiries regarding the NASCAR Hall of Fame should be directed to NASCAR officials directly.
Local interview requests should be directed to: Molly Hedrick Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Phone (704) 339-6120 Mobile (704) 877-9374 firstname.lastname@example.org