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NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Week Activities and Media Opportunities

January 23, 2015

Danica Patrick Appearance, Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony, NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day, Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon Shine & Sign and more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 23, 2015) – The NASCAR Hall of Fame is revving up for race season with a full lineup of induction week activities in Charlotte, North Carolina, including a special appearance by Danica Patrick on Sunday, Jan. 25, the Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony on Friday, Jan. 30, NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, Jan. 31, and the third annual Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Shine & Sign event for members among other exciting happenings.

The week of activities at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the adjacent Charlotte Convention Center honor the history and future of the sport with the historic sixth annual Induction Ceremony as well as Q&As and autograph sessions with current and up-and-coming drivers. In addition, fans and visitors can enjoy multiple upgrades to the NASCAR Hall of Fame completed earlier this month. The Memorable Moments exhibit located in the High Octane Theater Lobby was updated with artifacts from the 2014 NASCAR season including Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Book, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.’s tribute fire suit honoring NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductee Wendell Scott, Terry Labonte’s helmet from his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and more. A new Ford cutaway car was also added to the garage area in Race Week illustrating the creation process of a NASCAR stock car. Other new elements such as a car parts display case, digital points system wall and a car that is half stock car, half street car have also been added.

Please find the full schedule of induction week activities below. Additional information can be found at nascarhall.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25
Danica Patrick Appearance (1 p.m. ET)
Kids across the Carolinas are invited to be part of Danica Patrick's first public appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Patrick will be in the Great Hall on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. to make a very special announcement. As part of the event, there will be a Q&A session, where kids are encouraged to bring questions for Patrick. Questions will also be accepted via social media. The first 100 kids through the door will have their picture taken with Patrick. All children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Adults will also be admitted to the event for free, but access to the full facility requires an admission ticket. 
Media Note: A brief group interview opportunity will be available with Patrick immediately following the Q&A session in the Great Hall. Media should check in at security upon arrival and get a media sticker for access to the event. Parking for media can be validated at the customer service desk.

MONDAY, JANUARY 26
NASCAR State of the Sport Press Conference (1:30 p.m. ET)
As part of the annual Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Media Tour, NASCAR will host a state of the sport address from NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, as well as updates from key executives on the 2015 racing season, Daytona International Speedway’s Daytona Rising project and the introduction of the 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity class in the Charlotte Convention Center Room 207. NASCAR fans can also watch the press conference streamed live in the Great Hall at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. General admission is required for entry.
Media Note: Audio, video, photos and a transcript of the press conference will be available on NASCARMedia.com after the event.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29
Racing Insiders Tour - Tour 85 (9:15 a.m. ET)
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. A special addition to this tour includes a stop at Darrell Waltrip Motorsports. The tour runs from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit racinginsiderstour.com.

Legends and Champions Club Members Reception (4:30 p.m. ET)
Legends and Champions Club level members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame are invited to a private reception in the High Octane Theater Lobby to kick off induction weekend. During the event, there will be a special appearance by NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees from previous classes. To become a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, visit nascarhall.com/membership.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30
Media Note: For media access to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Induction Day, please submit a request for media credentials to nhofmedia@nascar.com by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 26. The media credential form can be downloaded at NASCARmedia.com. Preference will be given in the order requests are received. A confirmation will be sent upon acceptance.

Hall of Honor First Look (2 p.m. ET)
NASCAR Hall of Fame Exclusive Driver Dinner Package and VIP Induction Package ticket holders will have an exclusive first look at the Class of 2015 inductee exhibits in the Hall of Honor. 

Squier-Hall for NASCAR Media Excellence Exhibit Unveiling (3 p.m. ET)
Join us at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the official unveiling of the 2015 Squier-Hall for NASCAR Media Excellence exhibit  honoring Tom Higgins in Race Week at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Members-Only Hall of Famer Autograph Session (3:30 p.m. ET)
The NASCAR Hall of Fame will host NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees from prior classes for a members-only autograph session in the Hall of Honor. The following NASCAR Hall of Famers are expected to participate: Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Jack Ingram, Dale Inman, Leonard Wood, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood, Bud Moore and Maurice Petty. Participants are subject to change. To become a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, visit nascarhall.com/membership.
Media Note: Interviews will not be offered with the NASCAR Hall of Famers at this time, but photos and b-roll of the event are permitted.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Red Carpet Arrivals (4:45 p.m. ET)
Hall of Famers, drivers, industry leaders and celebrities will participate in a red carpet arrival at the bottom of Glory Road in the Great Hall for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Reception (5:30 p.m. ET)
Prior to the dinner and Induction Ceremony, attendees and Induction Dinner ticket holders are invited to a reception in the Richardson Ballroom (previously Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom) Foyer.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Jacket Ceremony (6 p.m. ET)
Prior to the ceremony, a special commemorative dinner will take place in the Richardson Ballroom (previously Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom) at the Charlotte Convention Center. The event will feature the annual inductee jacket presentation and the presentation of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence to 2015 recipient Tom Higgins. For the second year, fans were also offered the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets for the dinner that places a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver at their table. 
Media Note: For coverage options, please contact Josh Hamilton (jhamilton@nascar.com).

Tom Higgins Media Availability (7:15 p.m.) 
Tom Higgins will be available for interviews in the Charlotte Convention Center Room 217 following his acceptance of the fourth Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (8 p.m. ET)
The historic NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony will take place in the Crown Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The presentation of the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR honoring Anne B. France will also take place during the ceremony. Induction Ceremony Premium seating tickets ($80 plus applicable service fees and taxes) and general seating tickets ($45 plus applicable service fees and taxes) are still available for purchase at nascarhall.com/inductees/induction-ceremony.
Media Note: The Induction Ceremony will be streamed live in the media work room.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Post Event Media (10 p.m.)
Credentialed media are invited to participate in post-induction event interviews with Class of 2015 inductees (or their representatives) in the Charlotte Convention Center Room 217.

Please see the full NASCAR Induction Day schedule below:

Event

Time

Location

Hall of Honor First Look

2 p.m. 

Hall of Honor

Squier-Hall for NASCAR Media Excellence Exhibit Unveiling

3 p.m.

Race Week

Members-Only Hall of Famer Autograph Session

3:30 p.m.

Hall of Honor

NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Red Carpet Arrivals

4:30 p.m.

Great Hall

NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Reception

5:30 p.m.

Richardson Ballroom Foyer

NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, Jacket Presentation & Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence Presentation

6 p.m.

Richardson Ballroom

Tom Higgins Media Availability

7:15 p.m.

Charlotte Convention Center Room 217

NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony

8 p.m.

Crown Ballroom

NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Post-Event Media

10 p.m.

Charlotte Convention Center Room 217

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31
NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day - Free Admission (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET)

Following the Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony, a special NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day will take place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31 to kick off the 2015 NASCAR season. Fans are invited to experience the history and heritage of the sport through the Hall of Fame’s unique interactive exhibits. Admission to the event is free. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to see some of their favorite drivers, inductees and other special guests at Q&A and autograph sessions throughout the day. 
Media Note: A media check-in table will be available in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Box Office throughout the day. Media may bring their parking vouchers in for validation.

Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon Shine & Sign - Members-Only Event (5 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET)
Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon returns to host the Shine & Sign party to cap off NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is excited to announce the third year partnership with Piedmont Distillers to host the Shine & Sign as the last official event of induction week activities. VIP guests, including Junior Johnson, Bill Elliott and Rex White, will be in attendance at this members-only event. New to the event this year, the Class of 2015 inductees will receive their Lifetime Membership Awards into the NASCAR Hall of Fame presented by NASCAR Hall of Fame members. Junior Johnson will participate in a storytelling session with NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley and will sign autographs and take pictures with attendees. Each guest will receive a ticket for a Midnight Moon moonshine flight or cocktail. Food will be served, and a cash bar will be available. To become a member, visit nascarhall.com/membership.

Please see the full NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day schedule below:

Event

Time

Location

Q&A Session with Kyle Larson, Brendan Gaughan & Tyler Reddick

9 a.m. 

Great Hall

Autograph Session 1: Kyle Larson, Brendan Gaughan & Tyler Reddick (voucher required for fans)

9:30 a.m.

High Octane Theater

Q&A Session with Reed Sorenson, Ryan Reed & Ben Kennedy

10 a.m.

Great Hall

Q&A Session with NASCAR Next Drivers: Ruben Garcia, Ben Rhodes, Ryan Gifford, Gray Gaulding, Austin Hill & Ryan Preece

10:20 a.m.

Great Hall

Autograph Session 2: Reed Sorenson, Ryan Reed & Ben Kennedy (voucher required for fans)

10:30 a.m.

High Octane Theater

Q&A Session with Michael Annett, Chris Buescher & Timothy Peters

11 a.m.

Great Hall

NASCAR Next Drivers Autograph Session: Ruben Garcia, Ben Rhodes, Ryan Gifford, Gray Gaulding, Austin Hill & Ryan Preece (vouchers are not required for fans)

11 a.m.

Hall of Honor

Q&A Session with NASCAR Next Drivers: Cole Custer, Jesse Little, Dylan Lupton, Kenzie Ruston & Brandon McReynolds

11:20 a.m.

Great Hall

Autograph Session 3: Michael Annett, Chris Buescher & Timothy Peters (voucher required for fans)

11:30 a.m.

High Octane Theater

NASCAR Next Drivers Autograph Session: Cole Custer, Jesse Little, Dylan Lupton, Kenzie Ruston & Brandon McReynolds (vouchers are not required for fans)

11:50 a.m.

Hall of Honor

Q&A Session with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brian Scott & Tyler Young

12 p.m.

Great Hall

Autograph Session 4: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brian Scott & Tyler Young (voucher required for fans)

12:30 p.m.

High Octane Theater

Q&A with Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler & EriK Jones

1:30 p.m.

Great Hall

Autograph Session 5: Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler & Erik Jones (voucher required for fans)

2 p.m.

High Octane Theater

Class of 2015 Granite Marker Unveilings

2 p.m.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza Memorial Garden

Q&A with AJ Allmendinger, Regan Smith & Jennifer Jo Cobb

2:30 p.m.

Great Hall

Q&A with Class of 2015 Inductees Bill Elliott & Rex White

2:50 p.m.

Great Hall

Autograph Session 6: AJ Allmendinger, Regan Smith & Jennifer Jo Cobb (voucher required for fans)

3 p.m.

High Octane Theater

Storytelling with Junior Johnson, moderated by Alex Hayden

3:15 p.m.

Great Hall

Autograph Session with Class of 2015 Inductees Bill Elliott & Rex White (vouchers are not required for fans)

3:30

Hall of Honor

Q&A with Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott & Matt Crafton

3:30 p.m.

Great Hall

Autograph Session 7: Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott & Matt Crafton (voucher required for fans)

4 p.m.

 High Octane Theater

Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon Shine & Sign (members-only)

5 p.m.

Great Hall

Class of 2015 Lifetime Membership Award Presentation with Junior Johnson (members-only)

5:30 p.m.

 Great Hall

Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling (877) 231-2010 or at 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. 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, N.C., 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. nascarhall.com

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