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NASCAR Hall of Fame Offers Full-Throttle Fun During Charlotte Race Weekend

October 10, 2013

Special Hours, NASCAR Hall of Fame Pit Party, "Five Kahne" 5K and More

Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2013) – To enhance the race experience for fans in Charlotte, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will offer a legendary lineup of full-throttle fun throughout race weekend including extended hours at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Oct. 11-13. 

Fans and visitors can experience the 150,000-square-foot interactive, entertainment attraction during special operating hours on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

At the NASCAR Hall of Fame, guests can walk the red carpet to view the special exhibit "Lights. Camera. NASCAR." The movie-inspired exhibit features more than 40 artifacts straight from the set including original movie cars like the Herbie Volkswagen Beetle from "Herbie Fully Loaded" (2005) Doc Hudson from Disney's "Cars" (2006) and Cole Trickle's City Chevrolet from "Days of Thunder" (1990). A special addition to the exhibit is Kurt Busch's City Chevrolet Camaro from the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway in July. It resides next to the City Chevrolet Tom Cruise made famous in "Days of Thunder." 

Before the green flag drops at the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 12, fans can get closer than ever to their favorite drivers at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Pit Party on Pit Road from 2-5:30 p.m. Emceed by Paul Schadt of 96.9 The Kat, the Pit Party will feature appearances by NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski. The Pit Party is open to all fans with a pit pass or driver intro pass. 

On Sunday, Oct. 13, fans can lace up their running shoes and do a little racing of their own at the Fourth Annual Kasey Kahne Foundation "Five Kahne" 5K and Kids Dash presented by Great Clips. Participants can run alongside Kasey Kahne and other NASCAR celebrities as they hit the streets of Uptown Charlotte. The start and finish lines as well as the Five Kahne Race Fest will be at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House and Friends of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which provides grants that fund educational field trips for students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. Last year, more than 1,000 students were able to visit the Hall thanks to the dollars provided through this field trip grant. The 5K race begins at 10 a.m., the Kids Dash begins at 10:50 a.m. and the Race Fest will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Also this weekend, NASCAR Hall of Fame members will get a sneak peek at 1 of 18 new cars to be installed on Glory Road in January. Stay tuned to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on FacebookTwitter and Instagram  for a glimpse at the NASCAR stock car that will find a new home on Glory Road. This is the first of 18 cars to be revealed leading up to their installation in the new year.

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 $25 for children and $50 for adults. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is closed on Christmas Day. For more details, visit nascarhall.com. Up-to-the-minute 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