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New NASCAR Hall of Fame Exhibition Features 110 Year-Old-Race Car

August 03, 2011

Edsel B. Ford II, Jack Roush Q&A Aug. 25

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2011) – NASCAR Hall of Fame’s newest exhibition, 110 Years of Ford Racing, opens today and will be on display in the Great Hall through mid-January. It celebrates Ford’s 110 years of on-track performance by retracing its racing roots from 1901 to 2011. 

In addition, two special programs are scheduled in August to enhance the exhibition. The Galaxie car show will be held Saturday, Aug. 6 on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza and is free to the public. The Ford Galaxie was a full-size car built in the United States by Ford Motor Company in the 60s and 70s.

On Thursday, Aug. 25, Edsel B. Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford and member of Ford Motor Company’s Board of Directors, and Jack Roush, owner of Roush Fenway Racing, will appear. That morning, Ford will meet with local business leaders for an invitation-only breakfast at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. At 11 a.m., Ford will be joined by Roush for a media availability and public question-and-answer session in the Great Hall. The Q&A is open to all media NASCAR Hall of Fame Members. The public is welcome to attend with a general admission ticket to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

In 110 Years of Ford Racing, three significant cars bring to life the company’s role in motorsports innovation. The highlight is Henry Ford’s first race car, a car he built in 1901 and named Sweepstakes. It was Ford’s only race as a driver but the beginning of a long history of success for Ford Motor Company in automobile racing. Curtis Turner’s 1956 Ford signifies the company’s first full season in NASCAR, and Carl Edwards’ car demonstrates the introduction of the Mustang to the NASCAR Nationwide Series last season. Additional artifacts represent Ford’s commitment to product development and engineering support.

General admission to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which includes the Hard Card experience, is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Family packages, group discounts and Charter Members also are available. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or at www.NASCARHall.com.

About 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, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The venue is opened 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. www.NASCARHall.com.