Approximately 200 print and electronic journalists from 18 states and as far away as Canada and Germany will convene in Concord next week as Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the 28th annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour.

An essential part of NASCAR's pre-season schedule, this year's edition of Media Tour begins Monday morning, Jan. 18, and continues through Thursday afternoon, Jan. 21.

With support from sponsors Sprint and NASCAR, the Media Tour gives credentialed participants the opportunity to tour race shops; interview drivers, crew chiefs and team owners; and discuss the latest developments and news with motorsports industry insiders.

"NASCAR fans are hungry for information about their favorite sport, and they turn to a variety of media sources to find out what they want to know," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "The NASCAR Sprint Media Tour is a one-of-a-kind event in professional sports. It is designed to give journalists opportunities to obtain the very latest information in order to inform race fans worldwide what they have to look forward to in the 2010 season."

Journalists from New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Toronto are among those registered to participate, representing such media outlets as USA Today, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, ESPN, Orlando Sentinel, The Associated Press, Reuters Newswire and Sports Illustrated.

Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Penske Racing are among some of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams scheduled to make announcements.

This year, media members will get an exclusive inside look at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the Tour will also make its annual visit to the NASCAR Research and Development Center.

For information on the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, contact the speedway's communications department at (704) 455-3209.