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NASCAR Hall of Fame Celebrates Race Week in Charlotte with Full-Throttle Fun for Fans

May 17, 2016

Special hours, Member Appreciation Month, Class of 2017 announcement and more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 17, 2016) – Surrounding the 10 days of NASCAR Thunder at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Circle K & Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola in Center City May 26-28, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is offering many ways for fans and visitors to fuel up on fun during race week.

From Racing Insiders Tours to the momentous announcement of the Class of 2017 to multiple driver and legend appearances, guests will find high-octane happenings at the NASCAR Hall of Fame all month long. 

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is also celebrating Member Appreciation Month throughout May with daily giveaways, discounts and exclusive events for members, like a Q&A and autograph session with Joey Logano, historian-led tours, a simulator racing challenge, an artifact sneak peek, an autograph session with the Class of 2017 and more. Additionally, each time a member visits the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May, he or she will be entered for a chance to win a VIP experience at the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Additional member benefits include: annual admission, unlimited simulator rides, member gifts, access to exclusive content, discounts and more. Fans can learn more about becoming a NASCAR Hall of Fame member at nascarhall.com/membership.

And on Wednesday, May 25, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel will meet in Charlotte to determine the five members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and the recipient of the 2017 Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. The public is invited to join members of the Voting Panel, NASCAR legends and other fans in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Great Hall for the official announcement, which will air live on NBC Sports Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NASCAR.com and MRN.com at 5 p.m. EDT. Fans still have time to lock in their votes for the legends they think should be in the Class of 2017 by submitting a Fan Vote on NASCAR.com/halloffame by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 23. The top five nominees with the most fan votes will be cast as the final ballot on Voting Day.

See below for media availability and a full list of NASCAR Hall of Fame activities during race week:

TUESDAY, MAY 17
3 p.m. EDT - Interstate Batteries and Joes Gibbs Racing 25th Anniversary Announcement featuring Kyle Busch 
Fans are invited to join 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, four-time championship-winning car owner and team owner Joe Gibbs, Chairman of the Board for Interstate Batteries Norm Miller and 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Dale Jarrett as Interstate Batteries and Joe Gibbs Racing make a special 25th anniversary announcement in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Great Hall. 
Note to Media: Media are invited to this event and may park in the NASCAR Hall of Fame parking garage or in the bus lane on Brevard Street if in a marked vehicle. Please RSVP to Penny Fender at penny.copen@truespeedcommunication.com

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
1 p.m. EDT - Members-only Q&A and Autograph Session with Joey Logano 
NASCAR Hall of Fame members are invited to join Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Team Penske, and members of his Team Logano fan club for a volunteer kit build for the American Red Cross in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Great Hall. Following the service activity, Logano will participate in a Q&A and private autograph session (one item per person).
Note to Media: Media availability begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Media may park in the NASCAR Hall of Fame parking garage or in the bus lane the Brevard Street if in a marked vehicle.

THURSDAY, MAY 19
5:45 p.m. EDT - NASCAR Then & Now: Richard Petty and Aric Almirola (Members only)
NASCAR Hall of Fame members are invited to be in the audience for a special speaker series event with inaugural NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Smithfield Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This filmed event will take place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's High Octane Theater.

FRIDAY, MAY 20
9:15 a.m. EDT - Racing Insiders Tour: Tour 85
The Racing Insiders Tour is an all-access, in-depth tour in and around Charlotte’s racing community. The Tour 85 itinerary makes stops at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and shops along Interstate 85, including Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. The tour runs from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit racinginsiderstour.com.

11 a.m. EDT - Members-only Historian Led Tour
Join Historian Buz McKim for an exclusive tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Learn more about the history and heritage of NASCAR and how it is preserved through artifacts and exhibits at the Hall. 

SATURDAY, MAY 21
9 a.m. EDT - Members-only Simulator Racing Challenge
NASCAR Hall of Fame members are invited to battle against other members in the simulator racing challenge in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Race Week for the chance to be crowned simulator racing champion.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
10 a.m. EDT - NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Day VIP (Legends members only)
NASCAR Hall of Fame Legends members will have access to an exclusive area located behind the scenes, just outside the all-important Voting Room in the Charlotte Convention Center.

5 p.m. EDT - NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Announcement
From the list of 20 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.com. Join us in the Great Hall as the NASCAR Hall of Fame's eighth class is announced live on NBC Sports Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NASCAR.com and MRN.com. The newly announced inductees will also participate in a Q&A at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Center during the Coca-Cola 600 weekend.
Note to Media: Media may submit their requests for credentials to NHOFmedia@NASCAR.com by noon EDT on Tuesday, May 24. Please list your name and affiliation. Media may park in the NASCAR Hall of Fame parking garage or in the bus lane the Brevard Street if in a marked vehicle.

THURSDAY, MAY 26
9:15 a.m. EDT - Racing Insiders Tour: Tour 77 with Elliott Sadler
The Racing Insiders Tour is an all-access, in-depth tour in and around Charlotte’s racing community. The Tour 77 itinerary makes stops at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and shops along Interstate 77, including Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske Racing and JR Motorsports. On this special tour, NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Elliott Sadler will participate in a meet and greet at JR Motorsports. The tour runs from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit racinginsiderstour.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 27
9:15 a.m. EDT - Racing Insiders Tour: Tour 85
The Racing Insiders Tour is an all-access, in-depth tour in and around Charlotte’s racing community. The Tour 85 itinerary makes stops at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and shops along Interstate 85 including Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. The tour runs from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit racinginsiderstour.com.

11 a.m. EDT - Members-only Historian Led Tour
Join Historian Buz McKim for an exclusive tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Learn more about the history and heritage of NASCAR and how it is preserved through artifacts and exhibits at the Hall. 

2 p.m. EDT - Members-only Artifact Sneak Peek
Join the exhibits team in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Legends Room for a behind-the-scenes look at artifacts included in some of our newest items in our collection.

SATURDAY, MAY 28
9:30 a.m. EDT  - Q&A with NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Join the recently announced Class of 2017 for a moderated Q&A session in the Great Hall (subject to change based on Hall of Famer availability).

10 a.m. EDT - Members-only Class of 2017 Autograph Session
Join the recently announced Class of 2017 for a members-only autograph session in the Hall of Honor (subject to change based on Hall of Famer availability).

10:45 a.m. EDT - Legends and Champions Club Members Reception 
Legends and Champions Club members are invited to a special reception with the recently announced Class of 2017 in the Theater Lobby (subject to change based on Hall of Famer availability). Please note this is not an autograph opportunity.

TUESDAY, MAY 31
9:15 a.m. EDT - Racing Insiders Tour: Tour 85 With Greg Biffle
The Racing Insiders Tour is an all-access, in-depth tour in and around Charlotte’s racing community. The Tour 85 itinerary makes stops at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and shops along Interstate 85 including Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. On this special tour, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle will make a special appearance during the stop at Roush Fenway Racing. The tour runs from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit racinginsiderstour.com.

To accommodate the adrenaline-pumping action and thousands of fans coming to town this month, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will also feature special operating hours beginning May 20, offering even more time for fans to explore the Hall and the current special exhibits and artifacts on display. Among them are the “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Team Penske” exhibit and the “Kyle Busch NASCAR XFINITY Series No. 54 Toyota Camry.”

Special Operating Hours (All hours are EDT)

Date(s)

Hours

May 20-22

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

May 23-26

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

May 27

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

May 28

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

May 29

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

May 30-31

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

General admission tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or visiting 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. Memberships are available starting at $125. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more details, visit nascarhall.com. Updates are available at facebook.com/nascarhall or by following @NASCARHall on Twitter.


About the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, the 150,000-square-foot 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 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. Learn more at nascarhall.com.

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