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NASCAR community welcomes #95 to a new “Cars 3” exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

September 29, 2017

The high-octane hit prepares to cross the finish line on Digital Oct. 24 and Blu-ray Nov. 7

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 29, 2017) – Last night, NASCAR racing legends and executives joined “Cars 3” filmmakers and voice actors to welcome world-champion racer Lightning McQueen, #95, to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Lightning, along with numerous NASCAR-inspired characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3,” are making an almost seven-month pit stop in a hands-on, family-friendly exhibit in the Great Hall, as they gear up for the arrival of “Cars 3” digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Oct. 24, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on Nov. 7.

“We are honored to showcase the NASCAR stories, characters and locations that inspired the world of ‘Cars,’ in this new special exhibit,” says NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. “And we’re excited for our friend Lightning McQueen to join us in welcoming guests from around the world, including the next generation of young fans, as they discover the rich history and heritage of NASCAR.”

Through May of 2018, visitors to the NASCAR Hall of Fame will get the chance to enjoy an action-packed animation spectacular featuring a full-size, fiberglass replica of Lightning McQueen from “Cars 3,” hands-on kids activities as well as 16 displays that feature renderings, biographies and artifacts from real-life NASCAR personalities who contributed their voices and stories to the movie. Featured legends include Ray Evernham (voice of Ray Reverham), Kyle Petty (voice of Cal Weathers), Jeff Gordon (voice of Jeff Gorvette) and Junior Johnson (voice to Junior “Midnight” Moon), as well as young drivers like Chase Elliott (voice of Chase Racelott), Ryan Blaney (voice of Ryan “Inside” Laney), Daniel Suárez (voice of Danny Swervez) and Bubba Wallace (voice of Bubba Wheelhouse).

“When developing ‘Cars 3,’ we consulted and recruited NASCAR greats, from rookie drivers and legends to the voices behind the sport,” says director Brian Fee. “They revealed what happens behind the scenes of racing and helped bring the film’s characters to life. To see them displayed at the NASCAR Hall of Fame—a shrine to the history and heritage of NASCAR—is a real thrill.”

The evening’s events included a VIP reception/Panel to celebrate the new “Cars 3” exhibit. Attendees included:

  • “Cars 3” filmmakers including director Brian Fee, producer Kevin Reher and creative director Jay Ward;
  • Ray Evernham (Class of 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee/voice of Ray Reverham);
  • Kyle Petty (third-generation NASCAR driver,NBC Sports Network analyst and voice of Cal Weathers in “Cars 3”);
  • Junior Johnson (voice of Junior “Midnight” Moon);
  • Shannon Spake (NASCAR Correspondent/Voice of "Shannon Spokes")
  • Winston Kelley (NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director)
  • Buz McKim (NASCAR Hall of Fame Historian)
  • Kevin Schlesier (NASCAR Hall of Fame Director of Exhibits)

To download photos from the event, please visit: www.image.net/cars3nascarhalloffame.


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Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. 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, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Nov. 1 through March 31.  An attached parking garage is available on Brevard Street. The 5-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. For more information, visit nascarhall.com.

 

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