October 05, 2016
Champ the Cheetah’s First Birthday, Induction Ceremony Tickets on Sale, Smoke: A Tribute to Tony Stewart Exhibit Opening, Special Hours and More
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2016) – The NASCAR Hall of Fame has a full lineup of events and activities to enhance the experience for race fans in Charlotte during race week and throughout the month of October.
Fans and visitors can experience the interactive entertainment attraction during special operating hours Friday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other dates in October will be normal operating hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Special announcements and events at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the month of October are below:
2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tickets On Sale
Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons will be honored during this year’s ceremony set for Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Induction ticket prices range from $45 for general seats to $350 for the Exclusive Driver Dinner Package (plus tax and applicable service fees). Individual ticket and ticket packages are available at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. For accessible seating, please call 704-654-4400. For more information about Induction weekend, visit nascarhall.com/inductees/induction-ceremony.
SATURDAY, OCT. 8
Bring your family to a free birthday party for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s mascot, Champ the Cheetah! Mr. Nigel & Friends along with other mascots from Charlotte-area sports teams will join Champ for a morning of fun on the Hall Plaza from 10 to 11 a.m. Interactive games and activities, like bounce houses, Power Wheels races, musical chairs and more, will take place throughout the morning, and everyone will be invited to enjoy some birthday cake. Each child in attendance will go home with a goody bag.
SATURDAY, OCT. 8
Some NASCAR drivers race to live, but Tony Stewart lives to race. The 2016 season marks the end of Stewart’s memorable career as a NASCAR driver. During his NASCAR premier series career, he earned three championships and 13th place on the all-time wins list. But NASCAR is only part of his story. Stewart, known as “Smoke,” also achieved success in open-wheel and go-kart racing and as a team owner later in his career. This exhibit explores Stewart’s incredible achievements in motorsports from his early days of racing to present day. The exhibit will open on Oct. 8 and conclude on Feb. 24, 2017.
Note: Media interviews will be available with Winston Kelley, executive director at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Kevin Schlesier, director of exhibits at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, beginning the week of Oct. 10.
SATURDAY, OCT. 8
Fans are invited to a Q&A with Class of 2017 inductee Mark Martin in the High Octane Theater at 1:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCT. 9
Don’t miss your chance to race against Kasey Kahne and other NASCAR stars during the seventh annual Five Kahne 5K presented by Great Clips on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. The Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital Kids Dash will also take place at 11 a.m. The route through Uptown Charlotte begins and ends at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. For every runner that clocks a faster time than Kahne, he will donate $105 to the Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina.
MONDAY, OCT. 10
Start your exciting adventure by exploring the history and heritage of NASCAR at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Then you'll hop aboard a private motor coach to visit various race shops and other local racing attractions. Throughout the day you'll enjoy exclusive VIP treatment as well as lunch and special behind-the-scenes access. This all-inclusive package covers all admission costs. On this special tour, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch will participate in a meet and greet. The tour runs from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit 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 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 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. For more information, visit nascarhall.com.