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More than 200 print and electronic media members from 20 states and as far away as The Netherlands are registered to participate in the Jan. 23-26 NASCAR NEXTEL Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The largest off-season media event in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing, the 23rd edition of this annual season preview begins Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, and continues through Thursday afternoon, Jan. 26.

With support from sponsors Nextel and NASCAR, the Media Tour gives 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, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "There is a great deal of excitement that surrounds the start of a new season and the media tour gives journalists the opportunity to showcase this excitement to fans around the world."

Journalists from New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Houston and Tampa are among those registered to participate, representing such media outlets as TV Guide, Associated Press, Reuters and USA Today.

Roush Racing, Evernham Motorsports, Robert Yates Racing, MB2 Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Robby Gordon Motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Penske Racing, Haas CNC Racing and Richard Childress Racing are among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup teams scheduled to host NASCAR NEXTEL Media Tour events.

The Media Tour will also make its annual visit to the NASCAR Research and Development Center where sanctioning body executives will preview the season.

For information on the NASCAR NEXTEL Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway marketing and public relations department at (704) 455-3209.