NASCAR Hall of Fame Announces Dale Earnhardt Jr. As Guest Curator For Glory Road Exhibit
The fourth iteration of the exhibit will feature personally-selected 18 premier series championship cars
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2019) – Since opening in 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame's signature exhibit, Glory Road, has served as a prominent focal point for guests and members alike. Every three years, the exhibit receives a makeover with a new theme and 18 new race cars. For the fourth iteration of Glory Road, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will partner with Dale Earnhardt Jr. as its first-ever guest curator to debut "Dale Jr.: Glory Road Champions," on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, featuring 18 premier series championship cars personally selected by Earnhardt. On January 15, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will host a special media-only event at Glory Road providing an inside look into his curation process in collaboration with the NASCAR Hall curatorial team.
"We are excited to present some of NASCAR’s most iconic premier series championship cars from the eyes of one of our biggest fans and ambassadors, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.," said Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "I have always been inspired by Dale Jr.’s sincere interest in, and appreciation for, the history of our great sport. Having Dale guest curate one of our most recognizable exhibits following his days as a full-time driver has always been one of my personal goals. With so much from which to choose, selecting a theme, and narrowing that theme to 18 cars from a list of 75 – 100 available cars, is a very tough task. I know I can speak for my fellow NASCAR fans in thanking Dale for once again giving back to the sport he so dearly loves.”
Over the past 10 years, the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Glory Road has featured some of most recognizable race cars and drivers throughout the history of NASCAR. For the fourth generation of the exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Earnhardt worked together to create a collection unlike any other, celebrating the champions and championship moments of the sport. “Dale Jr.: Glory Road Champions” will showcase a lineup of cars that fans will instantly recognize for their significance in some of the most memorable races and championship seasons in NASCAR. Glory Road displays the cars in race formation on a curved “track” representing the different levels of banking found where NASCAR’s national series competes, along with some of NASCAR’s historic tracks.
“Having the chance to help choose the cars for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s newest installment of Glory Road was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up," said Earnhardt. “Everyone knows how much I enjoy learning about the history of our sport and sharing that history with people, and with this, I’m able to play a small role in what we share with fans who visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame. I knew when Winston (Kelley) and his team first met with me that if I was able to pick the cars for the exhibit, I wanted it to focus on the champions of our sport. I felt like that was a no-brainer,” he continued. “I picked cars for this exhibit for many different reasons. But I definitely wanted to represent a broad history of the sport as a whole, so we could also see the progression of the cars. It’s really cool when they’re all there together and you can see all that’s changed in the technology from where we started to where we are today.”
More information on the media-only event with Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be released in early January. The complete list of the new cars installed on Glory Road will be announced on the NASCAR Hall of Fame's social channels prior to the exhibit opening. Follow the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily unveils of several cars per day, which will begin on Monday, Jan. 6 leading up to opening day.
For more information about the NASCAR Hall of Fame, including Holidays at the Hall events happening now until Dec. 26, visit nascarhall.com.
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 NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for summer hours and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for winter hours. On designated Group Hot Pass Tuesdays, the facility is open for scheduled group visits and events only. An attached parking garage is available 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.