One Lucky Fan Will Ride 'Shotgun' in 2009 Pennzoil Victory Challenge
Speedway officials announced today that one lucky fan will become a passenger during the second annual Pennzoil Victory Challenge at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, in advance of the 25th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
One fan in attendance will be randomly selected to ride "shotgun" with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver in the return of the popular Pennzoil Victory Challenge, which pits drivers against one another to see who can deliver the best tire-smoking burnout.
"We're taking fan participation to the next level," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "With the help of Pennzoil, we're taking an event that was already a crowd-pleaser, making a few tweaks and placing an emphasis on creativity this year. For one lucky fan, it's going to be a memorable experience that will last a lifetime. They'll never be able to get any closer to the action than this!"
The inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge was an instant hit with fans and this year's version promises to be even more exciting. The new format will allow drivers a longer freestyle demonstration and a panel of judges will score each driver's creativity. The driver with the highest score from the panel will be declared the winner, with $10,000 awarded to their designated charity and a reserved spot in the 2010 Pennzoil Victory Challenge.
"When your engine is clean you feel it, just like the feeling of victory after a big race win," said David Learch, Pennzoil motorsports marketing manager. "That is why Pennzoil is the sponsor of the Pennzoil Victory Challenge. Victory burnouts are just one example of the way it feels as a driver to have the kind of clean engine Pennzoil motor oils provide."
The driver lineup has been expanded from five drivers to seven, and the first official entry is the driver of the No. 29 Pennzoil Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, who finished fourth in the inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge last year. Each driver will compete in stock cars identically prepared by the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
While more participants and the complete panel of judges will be announced at a later date, the first official judge is 16-time World Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair, who will also serve as Honorary Race Director for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
The Pennzoil Victory Challenge will be televised live during SPEED's pre-race coverage on May 16.
The pre-race lineup for NASCAR's all-star spectacular will also include a one-hour concert performed by country music award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry presented by Jim Beam, and the NASCAR Sprint Showdown. Such a lineup makes the 25th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race the best entertainment value in motorsports with tickets starting at only $25.
Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race as well as all of the other great events in May, including the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24, can be obtained online, or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS. Convenient payment plan options and multi-day ticket packages are available.