NASCAR Hall of Fame goes full throttle into May with special race activities

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May 07, 2018

Hall of Fame activities this month include Voting Day with Fan Vote until May 21, new Dale Jr. exhibit and more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 7, 2018) – The NASCAR Hall of Fame has a full lineup of experiences for fans and visitors surrounding 10 Days of Thunder at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola festival and other motorsports activities in the Charlotte region. From Racing Insiders Tours to the momentous announcement of the Class of 2019 to multiple driver and legends appearances, guests will find high-octane happenings at the NASCAR Hall of Fame all month long. 

“May is an exciting time to be a part of NASCAR here in Charlotte,” says Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Our sport does a fantastic job immersing fans in the process of Voting Day, not only with the Fan Vote but also allowing fans to attend the announcement live at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We strive to bring that same energy into the NASCAR Hall of Fame year-round and are excited to welcome fans for an experience at the Hall that’s new every time they visit.”

Visitors to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can still experience the "Cars 3: Inspired by NASCAR" exhibit in the Great Hall through the end of June, a newly improved audio tour with race scanner headphones as well as the updated Gear Shop. New exhibits include the Dale Earnhardt Jr. exhibit in the Victory Lane area, aptly named "JR Nation Apreci88ion Tour Continues," commemorating his wins both on and off the track. Additional activity highlights and a full calendar can be found below.

MEMBER APPRECIATION MONTH PRESENTED BY FORD HALL OF FANS
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is celebrating Member Appreciation Month throughout May with weekly giveaways and exclusive events for members, tours to Richard Childress Racing, the Petty Museum and Victory Junction, a monthly iRacing league, an autograph session with the Class of 2019 and more. Additional member benefits include annual admission, unlimited simulator rides, member gifts, access to exclusive content, and events and discounts. As part of member appreciation month, each time members visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May they can enter for a chance to win a VIP experience at the 2018 Ford EcoBoost 400 race weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The prize includes 2 Suite Passes, 2 HOT Passes, driver meet and greet, autographed diecast and a Ford performance gift bag. Fans can learn more about becoming a NASCAR Hall of Fame member at nascarhall.com/membership.

JR NATION APPRECI88ION TOUR CONTINUES
Relive Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s racing career at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where, in collaboration with JR Motorsports, the exhibit “JR Nation Appreci88ion Tour Continues” celebrates the beloved driver’s wins both on and off the track. Featured in the exhibit is the Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Axalta-sponsored Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS, which he drove in his final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, alongside 36 photos and a collection of trophies and fire suits highlighting hallmark moments from Earnhardt Jr.’s career.

CLASS OF 2019 VOTING DAY AND ANNOUNCEMENT
On Wednesday, May 23, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel will meet in Charlotte to determine the five members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019 and the recipient of the 2019 Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Media and the public are invited to join members of the Voting Panel, NASCAR legends and other fans in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Great Hall for the official announcement, which will air live on NBC Sports Network’s “NASCAR America” and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 5 p.m. EDT. Fans still have time to lock in their votes for the legends they think should be in the Class of 2019 by submitting a Fan Vote on nascarhall.com/inductees/fanvote by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 21. The top five nominees with the most fan votes will be cast as the final ballot on Voting Day.

RACINGS INSIDERS TOURS
The Racing Insiders Tour is an all-access, in-depth tour in and around Charlotte's racing community. Offering two different routes, the tour starts at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and then participants hop on a motorcoach to visit various race shops and local racing attractions. This all-inclusive package covers lunch, associated admission costs for the day of the tour, plus admission to the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the following day. This month, several special Racing Insiders Tours will be available for fans including a Tour 85 with Trevor Bayne on May 8 and another special Tour 85 with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on May 22. On Thursday, May 17, the Racing Insiders Tour will feature a private tour of the Petty Museum followed by visit to Victory Junction in Randleman, NC. Additionally, on Monday, May 21, the tour includes a meet and greet with 2008 Daytona 500 winner, Ryan Newman, and 2018 Daytona 500 winner, Austin Dillon, at Richard Childress Racing followed by a stop at Childress Vineyards. Learn more about Racing Insiders Tours at racinginsiderstour.com.

2ND SATURDAY 
The month of May will also continue the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program. On the second Saturday of each month, additional hands-on interactive activities are available for kids and kids at heart. The theme of this month's 2nd Saturday program on May 12 is “Pit Crew Practice,” which spotlights NASCAR's unsung heroes, the pit crews, who play a pivotal role in ensuring the car performs at its best. The 2nd Saturday program is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with a general admission ticket. Learn more at nascarhall.com/2ndsaturday.

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
From May 19 to 30, leading up to Memorial Day, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Toyota are honored to offer all active, reserve, veteran and retired military personnel complimentary admission and unlimited simulator rides with a valid military ID while supplies last. Learn more at nascarhall.com/events/military-appreciation.

CAROLINAS AVIATION MUSEUM DISCOUNT
The Carolinas Aviation Museum is offering a special discount to race fans. Guests who show their NASCAR Hall Fame ticket (or NASCAR Hall of Fame members who show their membership card) at the door at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, home to “The Miracle on the Hudson” plane, through May 31 will receive $2 off admission (general admission is $12). Learn more at carolinasaviation.org.

SPECIAL HOURS
To accommodate the adrenaline-pumping action and thousands of fans coming to town this month, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will also offer special extended hours during race week:

All-Star Race Weekend
Friday, May 18: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, May 19: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, May 20: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


Coca-Cola 600 Race Weekend
Friday, May 25: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, May 26: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, May 27: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) 9 a.m.-6p.m.



CALENDAR OF EVENTS
A comprehensive calendar of May events at the NASCAR Hall of Fame is below and available online at nascarhall.com/events.

Date

Time

Event

Location

May 8

9:30 a.m.

Racing Insiders Tour: Tour 85 with NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne

NASCAR Hall of Fame/ I-85 Race Shops

May 12

10 a.m.-

4 p.m.

2nd Saturday: Pit Crew Practice

High Octane Theater Lobby

May 14

9:30 a.m.

Racing Insiders Tour: Tour 85

NASCAR Hall of Fame/ I-85 Race Shops

May 17

9:30 a.m.

Racing Insiders Tour: Petty Museum and Victory Junction

Petty Museum/Victory Junction

May 19

8:30 a.m.

Members Only iRacing League

NASCAR Hall of Fame

May 19-30

10 a.m.-

6 p.m.

Military Appreciation Days

NASCAR Hall of Fame

May 21

9:30 a.m.

Racing Insiders Tour: Richard Childress Racing

Richard Childress Racing/ Childress Vineyards

May 22

9:30 a.m.

Racing Insiders Tour: Tour 85 with NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

NASCAR Hall of Fame/ I-85 Race Shops

May 23

10 a.m.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Day VIP (Legends Members Only)

Exclusive Area Outside of Voting Room

May 23

5 p.m.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Announcement

Great Hall

May 25

9:30 a.m.

Racing Insiders Tour: Tour 77

NASCAR Hall of Fame/ I-77 Race Shops

May 26

TBD

Members-only Autograph Session

NASCAR Hall of Fame

May 29

9:30 a.m.

Racing Insiders Tour: Tour 85

NASCAR Hall of Fame/ I-85 Race Shops

General admission tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased online at nascarhall.com or via Ticketmaster by calling 877-231-2010. Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors with ID, $18 for military with ID, $18 for youth 8-12, $12 for youth 3-7, and free for members and children younger than 3. High-octane combo packages are also available. All prices include tax. Memberships start at $125. Additionally, the newly upgraded Gear Shop inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame features apparel, diecast replica cars and other memorabilia to commemorate your trip. For more details, visit nascarhall.com and follow @NASCARHall on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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. from April 1 through Oct. 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Nov. 1 through March 31. 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.

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