Music fans have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, pinetar fans have the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, and now racing fans can rejoice at the opening of the brand-new NASCAR® Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC on May 11, 2010.
The Hall of Fame broke ground less than two years ago and when, completed, will occupy 150,000 square feet. This space includes an exhibit area, a state-of-the-art theater, a “Hall of Honor” housing the commemorations of Hall of Fame inductees, interactive entertainment experiences, a themed restaurant, retail outlet, and a media center.
Among the items at the Hall of Fame will be the blazer that Ned Jarrett wore while commemorating the 1993 Daytona 500, and which his son, Dale, inched past Dale Earnhardt to claim his first Daytona 500 win. The Hall also announced several other racing artifacts including a reproduction of a Charlotte Speedway track poster from 1924, and the original entry blank from the very first NASCAR Strictly Stock series event, held June 19, 1924. These artifacts and others will be among the approximately 1,000 articles of racing memorabilia on display when the Hall opens.
Ticket and membership sales for the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch this fall, featuring the marketing tagline: “Where the race lives on.” As an enticement to visitors, the campaign reminds travelers of the variety of restaurants, hotels, and museums nearby in Charlotte.
“We’re less than a year away from opening the doors that will give visitors an unparalleled experience of the energy, excitement, technology and incredible history of NASCAR,” said Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.