More than 225 journalists from print, internet, radio and television outlets from 21 states and as far away as Canada and Germany will convene in Concord next week as Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the 29th annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour.

An essential part of NASCAR's pre-season schedule, this year's Media Tour will begin Monday morning, Jan. 24, and continues through Thursday afternoon, Jan. 27.

With support from sponsors Sprint and NASCAR, the Media Tour gives credentialed participants the opportunity to preview the 2011 NASCAR season with race shop tours; interviews with drivers, crew chiefs and team owners; and overviews of the latest developments and news with motorsports industry insiders.

"Each season brings a host of changes, from driver and team swaps, to adjustments in rules and even new events and attractions at the tracks," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "NASCAR fans want to know what they have to look forward to in 2011 and this year's NASCAR Sprint Media Tour is designed to help journalists obtain the very latest information to update race fans worldwide."

Journalists from New York, Los Angeles, 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, FOX Sports, The Associated Press, Reuters Newswire and Sports Illustrated.

Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Penske Racing are just several of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams scheduled to make announcements during the four-day tour that boasts 21 stops, including a visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Daily updates, including audio, video and photo galleries will be available on Charlotte Motor Speedway's website, on Facebook and via Twitter at or by following the Twitter hashtag #MediaTour.