Gas Prices Not a Concern for Dedicated Race Fans
"At just $49 a ticket, 600 miles of side-by-side racing is a spectacular deal," said Charlotte Motor Speedway president and general manager H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler. "With 600 miles of racing for only $49, fans are paying just 8 cents a mile, which is considerably less than it costs to keep the family sedan rolling down the highway."
Studies show that Americans drive more than 2.5-trillion miles every year and two longtime Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket holders contribute nearly 2,500 miles to the national total each May.
"I've been going to a lot of races for a long time and high gas prices have never been a concern for me," said Pensacola, Fla., resident Claire Gallow, who has been attending races at Charlotte Motor Speedway since 1997. "I have attended all three Cup races at Charlotte for a number of years."
For less than the price of a nice pair of running shoes, Gallow will be able to make the round trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"Charlotte is the racing capital of the nation, and I love it there," she said. "There is so much to do, and it is such a clean, gorgeous and fast-growing area."
For two other loyal fans, driving to the races actually saves them money. Monte and Carol Mansfield, of Flint, Mich., travel the 650 miles to Charlotte Motor Speedway in their 1984 Pace Arrow motor home and take advantage of the speedway's affordable camping options.
"We couldn't get a hotel room for what it will cost us in gas to drive to Charlotte," said Carol Mansfield. "We want to go watch the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, so we have to save somewhere else and we do that by staying in the campground."
"The motor home is too big to push, so there's nothing we can do about the price of gas," said Monte Mansfield. "I enjoy the 14 hours it takes to drive to Charlotte Motor Speedway. We go to Charlotte for more of a vacation than anything else; we are down there for almost three weeks."
Despite their geographical differences, one thing Gallow and the Mansfields agree on is that there is no replacement for Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"At one time, I was going to almost 20 races a year," Gallow said. "I have two tickets at Lowe's and I take whichever friend wants to go. We love it there."
Tickets for the May 29 Coca-Cola 600 start at just $49 and can be obtained by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.