February 14, 2011
TECH PROGRAM OFFERS HALL OF FAME VISITORS OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH LIVE TAPING OF SHOW
NASCAR Performance, SPEED’s technical and mechanical program, will take up residence at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte following Daytona Speedweeks.
The 30-minute “gear head” show, featuring SPEED analyst Larry McReynolds alongside NASCAR crew chiefs Chad Knaus and Robert “Bootie” Barker, will tape its weekly episodes in the Great Hall of the NASCAR Hall of Fame on select Monday afternoons at 3 p.m. ET beginning Feb. 21 and throughout the season. Multiple episodes will be shot at a time and a complete taping schedule for the 20 shoot dates is available at www.speed.com or www.nascarhall.com.
Moving the program from the SPEED Studios to the NASCAR Hall of Fame enables NHOF guests to sit in on the tapings free with their admission.
“Some of the best stories in racing happen under the hood and NASCAR Performance is the place to hear them,” said Patti Wheeler, SPEED Executive Vice President of Programming and Production. “Moving the show to the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an extension of this goal because it provides fans at the Hall a bird’s eye view of some of the best crew chiefs and mechanical minds in the garage, in addition to the tremendous historical experience the facility offers. ”
The crew uses a cut-away car and props to explain the latest strategy, technology and mechanics of winning at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level. NASCAR Performance airs at various times during each race weekend.
“SPEED has been a terrific partner since the inception of the Hall,” said Winston Kelley, Executive Director, NASCAR Hall of Fame. “We are honored they have selected the NASCAR Hall of Fame as the backdrop for NASCAR Performance. Not only does this give SPEED a great venue to enhance the show, but the fans really benefit. Our guests will have the added value of seeing three iconic NASCAR personalities and a behind-the-scenes look at the taping of a show. This is a unique opportunity that you often don’t find beyond a racetrack, especially not on a regular basis all season.”
For fans who want to attend multiple tapings, the NASCAR Hall of Fame offers memberships that provide unlimited entry for a full year starting as low as $25 for children and $50 for adults. Please visit www.NASCARHall.com for ticket and membership information.
SPEED is the official television home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and offers live coverage of special events leading up to the annual induction ceremonies, including nomination and voting days for each Hall class.
SPEED, anchored by its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation’s first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle. Now available in more than 82 million homes in North America, SPEED, a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, is among the industry leaders in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services. For more information, please visit SPEED.com, the online motor sports authority.
About FOX Sports Media Group
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets under Chairman & CEO David Hill. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG now includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, whatifsports.com and scout.com, reaching over 20 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox’s interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.
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, interactive exhibits, 275-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.