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It's All at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May

May 09, 2011

Inductee Fan Day, First Birthday Celebration, Induction Ceremony, Extended Hours among Highlights

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 9, 2011) – The May special event schedule at the NASCAR Hall of Fame begins this week and runs through Memorial Day, giving fans more reasons than ever to visit the 150,000 square-foot entertainment attraction in Uptown Charlotte, N.C.

In addition to four floors of exhibits and interactive games, the venue also will offer multiple days of guest appearances, special exhibits, Induction activities and extended hours for the thousands of race fans in town for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“May is a signature month for us,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a life-changing moment for the legends of our sport and that includes multiple days of special events to get everyone excited for the ceremony. The Inductee Fan Day will be particularly special. Everyone at the Hall on May 22 will get to visit with Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Bud Moore, Bobby Allison and Ned Jarrett. When I was a child, that would have been a dream come true, and I still pinch myself today having the opportunity to work with these NASCAR legends and sports icons.”

For visitors wanting to attend multiple activities, a NASCAR Hall of Fame membership is the best value. Unlimited admission for one year starts at $25 for children or $50 for adults. One-day general admission tickets are $12.95 for children and $19.95 for adults. Discounts are available for military and seniors.

In addition to the special events, the NASCAR Hall of Fame operating schedule will be extended on select days in May:
May 1-15         10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 16-20       9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 21-22       8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 23-25       9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 26-27       8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May 28-31       8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

May Special Events:

Wednesday, May 11              First Birthday Celebration               Great Hall
10 a.m. Executive Remarks; 10:15 a.m. Cake Served to Metro School students
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $5.11 admission; $1 goes to American Red Cross

Monday, May 16                   NASCAR Performance Taping      Great Hall
Approx. 2-5 p.m. See Chad Knaus, Larry McReynolds, Bootie Barker and a chance to be on SPEED
Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame general admission or membership

Wednesday, May 18              Induction Dinner                               Crown Ballroom
6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner featuring the 2011 Inductees
$500 per person; Table packages also available – Tickets sales end May 13

Wednesday, May 18              NASCAR Rev’d Up                         Outdoor Plaza
4 p.m. festival begins; 7:15 p.m. Josh Kelley performs; 8:45 p.m. Gary Allan performs
Concert is free to the general public

Thursday, May 19                 Bobby Labonte Appearance            Great Hall
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Q&A and autograph session with 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Bobby Labonte
Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame general admission or membership

Sunday, May 22                    Inductee Fan Day                              NASCAR Hall of Fame
10-10:45 a.m.  2010 Class Q&A featuring Junior Johnson & Richard Petty
11 a.m. – Noon Junior Johnson autograph session for NASCAR Hall of Fame Members*
11-1 p.m. Legends Member Reception featuring the 2011 Class and Junior Johnson, Reservation Required
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 2011 Class Q&A featuring Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Bud Moore, David Pearson and Maurice Petty, representing Lee Petty
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 2011 Class autograph session for NASCAR Hall of Fame Members*
*guests can upgrade to a membership on site for as little as $30 for adults and $12 for children

Monday, May 23                   2011 Induction Ceremony                Crown Ballroom
5:30 p.m. doors open; 7 p.m. Ceremony begins (Televised on SPEED at 8 p.m. EDT)
Tickets will remain on sale through the day of the event.

Monday, May 23                   NASCAR Now Live Show               Great Hall
5-6 p.m. Watch a live edition of ESPN’s NASCAR Now with Allen Bestwick, Marty Smith, Dale Jarrett and special guests.
Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame general admission or membership

Tuesday, May 24                   2011 Inductee Exhibit Opens           Hall of Honor
9:30 a.m. VIP First Look (reservation required); 10 a.m. Exhibit opens to general public
Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame general admission or membership

Wednesday, May 25              Stars of Tomorrow Appearance      Great Hall
10 a.m. – Noon Q&A and autograph session with drivers from the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Touring Series
Free with NASCAR Hall of Game general admission or membership

Thursday, May 26                 Coca-Cola Main Stage                      Food Lion Speed Street/Outdoor Plaza
Noon Festival Opens; 9 p.m. Rose Royce; 9:45 p.m. Midnight Star
Free to general public

Friday, May 27                      Coca-Cola Main Stage                      Food Lion Speed Street/Outdoor Plaza
Noon Festival Opens; 9:30 p.m. Josh Turner
Free to general public

Saturday, May 28                  Coca-Cola Main Stage                      Food Lion Speed Street/Outdoor Plaza
Noon Festival Opens; 7:15 p.m. Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Jeff Burton; 8:15 p.m. Starship; 9:45 p.m. Eddie Money
Free to general public


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 America 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, interactive 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.