After a successful launch in October, Charlotte Area Transit System's LMS Race Express has been expanded to include round-trip transportation from two CATS Park and Ride locations to Lowe's Motor Speedway for the May 19 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and May 27 Coca-Cola 600.

Buses will now originate from Carolina Place Mall at exit 64B off I-485 in Pineville, N.C., and Northlake Mall at exit 18 off I-77 north of Charlotte.

"Last fall's pilot program with the LMS Race Express worked extremely well and has allowed us to expand the service," said Jerry Gappens, senior vice president of events for Lowe's Motor Speedway. "The CATS system is an excellent option for fans to get to and from the speedway without the stress and hassle of driving themselves."

LMS Race Express buses will utilize priority routes to enter and exit the speedway. For the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Saturday, May 19, they will depart from each Park and Ride location approximately every 30 minutes between noon and 4 p.m. On Sunday, May 27, for the Coca-Cola 600, they will leave approximately every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both drop-off and pick-up locations at Lowe's Motor Speedway will be near the track's main entrance. Return trips will begin approximately one hour following the checkered flag.

Tickets for the LMS Race Express are $20 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS. Tickets will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Park and Ride lots on race days.

No restroom facilities are available on the buses and no smoking or drinking of alcoholic beverages is permitted. In addition, no storage space is available for passenger items. However, each rider is permitted one cooler, which is limited to 14 inches in any direction.

Good seats are still available for all May events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the May 19 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at