For the sixth consecutive year, UAW-GM Motorsports will be the presenting sponsor of the UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The largest off-season media event in NASCAR racing, the 21st edition of this annual season preview begins Monday afternoon, Jan. 19, and continues through Thursday afternoon, Jan. 22. More than 200 print and electronic media members from 22 states and as far away as France and The Netherlands are registered to participate.

The UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour gives registered participants the opportunity to tour race shops, meet with drivers, crew chiefs and team owners, and discuss the latest developments and news with motorsports industry leaders.

"The UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour is a very important part of the pre-season NASCAR schedule and it would not be possible without the continued support of UAW-GM,¿ said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "With Nextel coming in and several other changes taking place, this is an exciting time for our sport. The Media Tour gives print and electronic journalists the opportunity to showcase that excitement to fans around the world as drivers and teams prepare for the new season."

Roush Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Evernham Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing, Penske Racing South, Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and MB2/MBV Motorsports are among the teams scheduled to participate. The tour will also visit the new Toyota Research and Development center in High Point while NASCAR will host the media at its R&D facility in Concord.

UAW-GM Motorsports' sponsorship of the tour is an extension of its involvement in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series racing and its commitment to educating the public and race fans. Since 1995, UAW-GM has sponsored the UAW-GM Quality 500 race every October at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race celebrates winning through teamwork, and it honors the joint efforts of the men and women of UAW and GM.

For information about the UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway public relations department at (704) 455-3209.