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Thousands Expected as Charlotte welcomes NASCAR delegation

Source: Press Release  

August 17, 2005

Thousands are expected to line the streets of Uptown Charlotte tomorrow to welcome the NASCAR delegation as it visits Charlotte on its five-city tour of potential Hall of Fame sites.

In an unprecedented move, Charlotte area television and radio stations have joined together to stage mini-rallies around Center City between 11:30 am and 2 pm. The public is invited and encouraged to wear a yellow NASCAR Hall of Fame T-shirt. Admission is free. Locations for the mini-rallies are listed below.

The public is also invited to line the streets of Center City Charlotte as the NASCAR delegation and Charlotte city representatives tour the area as part of a bus tour. The group will depart the Community Leaders Luncheon and move along a red carpet to begin the tour. The proposed bus route, which is subject to change, begins at the Convention Center at approximately 1 pm and is scheduled to last approximately 30 minutes. The bus route is listed below.

LugNut, the Lowe's Motor Speedway mascot, will join Charlotte Knights' mascot Homer the Dragon from 11:30 am until 2 pm uptown. Rufus Lynx, the Charlotte Bobcats mascot, will make an appearance on The Square at Trade and Tryon from Noon until 1 pm.

Race cars will be on display all around uptown Wednesday. Check out the actual cars used by NASCAR Cup Series Champions Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. The Earnhardt No. 3 car, the Petty car No. 43, the Hendrick car No. 24 and the Gibbs racing car No. 20 will be on display on the Convention Center Plaza. The Hendrick No. 48 car, which was driven by Jimmie Johnson, is also expected to be on display uptown. The Hall of Fame Petition Pace Car will be alongside the MB2/MBV 0-1 Army Show Car inside the Convention Center, and the Lowe's Motor Speedway Show Car will be at the Bank of America Corporate Center on The Square.

Those working in Center City are asked to wear their yellow Hall of Fame T-shirts, which are still for sale for $5 while supplies last. T-shirts are available Wednesday at Main Street Charlotte at 330 S. Tryon Street and the Bank of America Company Store in Founders Hall.

Fans venturing Uptown also are asked to wear Hall of Fame T-shirts. Plenty of parking is available all around the city. To catch all the attractions, park and ride the Gold Rush Trolley line around town. The events are scheduled rain or shine.

For the media only: A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday at 3 pm in Room 207D of the Charlotte Convention Center. Featured speakers include Rick Hendrick and George Pyne, NASCAR's Chief Operating Officer.

Mini-Rally Locations (Subject to Change)
The Green 99.7 WRFX The Fox
Fox 18
LITE 102.9
Wachovia Plaza WSOC TV
96.9 The KAT
The Square WBTV
106.5 The End
WFNZ
K104.7
PAC (Tryon & 5th) Radio Disney
Hearst Plaza WSOC TV
KISS 95.1
Ariquipa Park at The Library WSOC FM
Gateway Village 85.7 The Ride

Proposed Bus Tour (Subject to Change)
• North on College to Trade Street. Turn right on Trade Street.
• Right on Brevard
• Right on Stonewall
• Right on Tryon
• Right on 7th Street
• Right on Brevard to Arena
• Right on Trade
• Right on Cedar
• Right on 5th Street
• Right on Graham
• Left on Stonewall