January 11, 2012
NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees to welcome small group tours Saturday, Jan. 21
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 10, 2012) – A tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a must for any race fan, but meeting a NASCAR Hall of Famer on that tour creates a memory that can be shared for generations.
Race fans will have that chance Saturday, Jan. 21 as NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees meet with small groups before guided tours of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The tours and meet-and-greets with Inductees will be offered at the top of the hour from the main stage at the NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint in the Charlotte Convention Center.
“This is one of the truly special moments for race fans during NASCAR Acceleration Weekend,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone to speak directly with the legends of our sport. They can talk about the moonshine days with Junior Johnson, ask Bobby Allison about the famous 1979 Daytona 500, debate the 1989 Winston finish with Darrell Waltrip, discover why the name Gentleman Ned is so applicable, ask Bud Moore about D-Day, or experience that famous Richard Petty smile in person.”
Each group will be limited to the first 30 guests in line at the Main Stage in the Exhibit Hall. Entry is free to anyone with a NASCAR Hall of Fame and NASCAR Preview 2012 ticket. Combo tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster or at the NASCAR Hall of Fame box office.
Tours will leave at the top of every hour from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with the exception of 1 p.m. After a brief on-stage interview, the Inductee will guide the group on a walk through the Convention Center to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Once the meet-and-greet concludes, the group will be given a guided tour of the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The meet-and-greet and tour schedule is:
10 a.m. Junior Johnson, Class of 2010
11 a.m. Ned Jarrett, Class of 2011Noon Richard Petty, Class of 2010
1 p.m. Tours will not be given at 1 p.m. due to a DuPont news conference with Jeff Gordon and Richard Petty. Guests are invited to watch the news conference live in the Great Hall inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
2 p.m. Bud Moore, Class of 2011
3 p.m. Bobby Allison, Class of 2011
4 p.m. Darrell Waltrip, Class of 2012
*Subject to Change
NASCAR Acceleration Weekend is highlighted by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2012 Inductees Richie Evans, Dale Inman, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough Friday, Jan. 20. On Saturday, Jan. 21 NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint will offer a festival-like experience for fans that features driver autograph and question-and-answer sessions, show car appearances, simulators, games and more. The weekend activities will conclude with the unveiling of the Class of 2012 Inductee Tribute exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Sunday, Jan. 22.
Combo tickets for NASCAR Hall of Fame and NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint start at $20. NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony tickets start at $40 and include Hall admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nascaracceleration2012.com or call 1-800-745-3000.
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.