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January 21, 2016
"Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Team Penske" Exhibit Runs Jan. 21 – June 30
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 21, 2016) – Just in time for the Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Team Penske are launching a limited-time special exhibit, “Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Team Penske,” in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Great Hall. The exhibit will run from Jan. 21 to June 30, 2016.
“Team Penske has a rich 50-year history and many stories to tell,” said NASCAR Hall of Fame Director of Exhibits Kevin Schlesier. “It’s an honor to display some of the team’s most treasured cars and artifacts that illustrate its incredible achievements at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.”
The exhibit celebrates Team Penske’s storied history over the past 50 years with cars, trophies and never-before-seen artifacts from Team Penkse’s archives, highlighting its successful NASCAR program as well as their achievements in open wheel and other racing disciplines over the years. Team Penske began as Roger Penske Racing in 1966, competing in sports car and endurance events. The team won its class in the 24 Hours of Daytona in its first start, and since then Team Penske has produced a combined 424 wins, 487 pole positions and 28 national championships. The team has also earned 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, and a Formula 1 win.
Among the dozens of rare artifacts featured in the exhibit are eight vehicles from different eras and racing disciplines. They include the following:
In addition, existing exhibits in the NASCAR Hall of Fame are also being updated. The “Memorable Moments” exhibit located in the High Octane Theater Lobby is being updated with history-making artifacts from the 2015 NASCAR season, including Jeff Gordon’s pole trophy from Talladega, Kyle Busch’s Champion’s cabernet wine goblet from Sonoma and Kevin Harvick’s shredded tire from Dover, among others. The “Hall of Honor,” where the NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees are enshrined, has also been updated to feature the Class of 2016, while the “Champions” exhibit and “Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence” exhibit will be updated to feature the current honorees.
Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling (877) 231-2010 or by 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 from 10 a.m. to 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.