More than 200 print and electronic media members from 24 states and as far away as France and The Netherlands converged on Charlotte for the NASCAR NEXTEL Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. The largest off-season media event in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing, the 22nd edition of this annual season preview started Monday afternoon and concluded Thursday afternoon. With support from new sponsors Nextel and NASCAR, the Media Tour gave 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 NASCAR NEXTEL Media Tour is as important to media members as pre-season testing is to the race teams," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, who as president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway has nurtured the tour from its infancy. "This is always an exciting time of year for our sport as drivers and teams prepare for the new season. The Media Tour gives journalists the opportunity to showcase that excitement to fans around the world." MB2/MB-Sutton Motorsports, Haas CNC Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Evernham Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Petty Enterprises, Wood Brothers Racing, Robert Yates Racing, Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Penske Racing, Roush Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Hendrick Motorsports are among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup teams that hosted NASCAR NEXTEL Media Tour events. The Media Tour also made its annual visit to the NASCAR R&D Center where sanctioning body executives previewed the season and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series hosted a dinner to kick off its 10th Anniversary. Error processing SSI file