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Classroom Central and NASCAR Hall of Fame Partner for Second Annual School Supply Drive

July 22, 2011

Guests who donate a pack of pencils receive a free iRacing simulator ride Saturday, Aug. 6 - Sunday, Aug. 14

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 22, 2011) – First-class entertainment is in session at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as the facility partners with Classroom Central to host a back-to-school supply drive Saturday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 14. Guests who donate a pack of pencils will receive a free iRacing simulator ride with their ticket purchase.

Classroom Central equips students to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies. During last year’s drive, the NASCAR Hall of Fame collected more than 700 school supplies. In its second year of partnership, the Hall will offer patrons who donate a pack of pencils a free simulator ride, a state-of-the-art racing simulation experience featured in Race Week.

“I'm so proud of how our teammates at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and customers embraced this concept last year to help those less fortunate,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the Hall. “We are again delighted to support Classroom Central’s School Supply Drive and serve as a collection point and in turn offer our guests who make a contribution a free simulator ride.”    

During the 2010-11 academic year, Classroom Central distributed more than $4.4 million in free school supplies to more than 97,000 students in the region. 

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” said Sarah Porter, director of communications for Classroom Central. “Thanks to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the many NASCAR fans who visit the Hall, Classroom Central has been able to equip the 97,000 students we serve each year with the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. We are grateful to be the beneficiaries of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s commitment to education.” 

While donations will provide a cure for school supply needs, guests also can find a Cure for the Common Summer during their visit to the 150,000-square-foot entertainment attraction with more than 50 hands-on exhibits and interactive stations, a Kids Zone, authentic NASCAR artifacts, historic stock cars and thrilling films.

Cure for the Common Summer events occurring during the week of the supply drive include:

  • Saturday, Aug. 6 - Galaxie Club Auto Show (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
    Visitors can see classic cars on display in Ceremonial Plaza. 2011 Auto Shows are free to attend and take place on the first Saturday of every month through October. 
  • Monday, Aug. 8 - NASCAR Performance Taping (Begins at 3 p.m.)Fans can watch a live taping of NASCAR Performance, a 30-minute “gear head” show hosted by SPEED analyst Larry McReynolds and NASCAR crew chiefs Chad Knaus and Robert “Bootie” Barker.    
  • Tuesday, Aug. 9 - NASCAR Driver Appearance (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.)
    NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will be on hand for autographs, photographs and even to race against fans in the iRacing simulators. NASCAR driver appearances occur every Tuesday through Aug. 30. 

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Times subject to change.

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. Charter Memberships are available starting at $25 for children and $50 for adults. For more details, visit www.NASCARHall.com. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open seven days a week, 362 days a year.

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 About Classroom Central
Since the inception of Classroom Central in 2002, this organization has strived to serve the education and creative needs of impoverished children of the Southern Piedmont by providing students with donated merchandise from businesses and individuals by means of a free store for teachers.  In its first eight (8) years, Classroom Central served 166 schools and 97,000 students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding districts and distributed more than $28 million in free school supplies.  The working mission of this organization is to equip students to effectively learn through the collection and distribution of free school supplies. For more information, visit http://www.classroomcentral.org.

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 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.