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NASCAR Hall of Fame Kicks Off 2016 Season with High-Octane Happenings

February 16, 2016

New Kyle Busch Display Opens, Race Viewing Parties and Racing Insiders Tours Return

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2016) – As the 2016 NASCAR season kicks off in Daytona, programs and events at the NASCAR Hall of Fame are also revving up. Exhibit openings, Race Viewing Parties and Racing Insiders Tours are all part of the lineup of high-octane happenings at the Hall this month.

Kyle Busch 2015 Wrecked Car from Daytona
On display beginning today, Kyle Busch's wrecked No. 54 Toyota Camry from the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY race at Daytona International Speedway is the Hall's newest addition. After the wreck, many thought Busch was out of contention for the championship, but he came back to win four out of five races during the summer stretch, fought his way to NASCAR’s Championship Four and ultimately clinched the championship. This car represents the beginning of the journey that many consider one of the biggest comebacks in NASCAR history. The car is on display on level three near Race Week.

Additional New Exhibits
Exhibits throughout the facility were recently updated to offer new experiences for visitors in 2016. The Memorable Moments exhibit located in the High Octane Theater Lobby features history-making artifacts from the 2015 NASCAR season, while the Champions case, Squier-Hall exhibit, Hall of Honor and Landmark Award display were each updated to feature the current honorees. And in January, a limited-time special exhibit, “Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Team Penske" opened in the Great Hall. The exhibit celebrates Team Penske’s storied 50-year history and includes cars, trophies and never-before-seen artifacts from Team Penkse’s archives, which highlight its successful NASCAR program as well as its achievements in open wheel and other racing disciplines. The exhibit will run through June 30, 2016.

Race Viewing Parties
Select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will  be shown on the big screen at the Hall throughout the 2016 season. The kickoff begins with the Daytona 500 this Sunday, Feb. 21, and features a special appearance by driver John Hunter Nemecheck. The 278-seat High Octane Theater features comfortable high-back rocking seats and a 64-foot-wide, curved projection screen with surround sound. Admission to each race viewing party is $10 for the general public and free for NASCAR Hall of Fame members. Tickets include admission to the race viewing party and the use of a personal race scanner. To cap off the experience, the two large side screens in the theater will feature direct-from-track, in-car feeds of two drivers, giving fans a behind-the-wheel view of the race. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

“It's hard to beat the experience of attending a race in person, but fans looking for the next best alternative will find it at a Race Viewing Party at the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” said Winston Kelley, NASCAR Hall of Fame executive director. “Watching the race on the big screen, hearing the engines revving up on theater speakers and listening in on race teams through a scanner makes for a memorable race experience for those who can’t travel to every race or are just looking for a fun way to cheer on their favorite driver with other fans.”

2016 Race Viewing Party Schedule
(Doors open one hour prior to the race; all times are ET)





Sunday, Feb. 21

1 p.m.

Daytona 500

Daytona International Speedway

Sunday, April 24

1 p.m.

Toyota Owners 400

Richmond International Raceway

Saturday, July 2

7:45 p.m.

Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola

Daytona International Speedway

Sunday, July 24

3 p.m.

Crown Royal Presents the ‘Your Hero’s Name Here’ 400

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Saturday, Aug. 20

8 p.m.

Bass Prop Shops NRA Night Race 

Bristol Motor Speedway

Saturday, Sept. 10

7:30 p.m.

Federated Auto Parts 400

Richmond International Raceway

Sunday, Oct. 23

2 p.m.

Alabama 500

Talladega Superspeedway

Sunday, Nov. 20

2:30 p.m.

Ford Ecoboost 400

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Racing Insiders Tours
The NASCAR Hall of Fame's Racing Insiders Tours return for the third year with a full schedule in 2016. The all-access, in-depth tour includes stops at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, area race shops and racing attractions in the region, offering an unforgettable opportunity for race fans and non-fans alike to explore NASCAR’s deep roots in Charlotte.

The full-day tour begins at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where participants learn about the legends and legacies of NASCAR and enjoy lunch from the Pit Stop Café. Participants then load onto a private motorcoach to visit various race shops and local racing attractions. Fans have the option to choose one of two Racing Insiders Tour itineraries: the Tour 77 Itinerary or the Tour 85 Itinerary.

The Tour 77 Itinerary takes participants to race shops located along Interstate 77, including Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske Racing and JR Motorsports, while the Tour 85 Itinerary includes Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. Exact tour sites and itineraries are subject to change. The Racing Insiders Tour costs $90 for adults, $80 for children (ages 5-12) and $70 for NASCAR Hall of Fame members. 

Upcoming Racing Insiders Tours



Thursday, Feb. 18

Tour 77

Friday, Feb. 19

Tour 85

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Tour 85

Friday, Feb. 26

Tour 85

Monday, Feb. 29

Tour 77

Tuesday, March 8

Tour 85

Tuesday, March 15

Tour 85

Monday, March 21

Tour 85

Thursday, March 31

Tour 77

See the full 2016 Racing Insiders Tour schedule at racinginsiderstour.com.

General admission 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. 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 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage 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.