Charlotte Motor Speedway is currently recruiting race fans to join the 2011 Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Council.

Those interested in serving on the Fan Council and offering their opinions to improve the fan experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte are invited to download the application and submit the form by Jan. 3.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Council, formed in August 2008, is used to gather feedback from a cross-section of fans to determine changes that need to be implemented to improve the fan experience at the speedway, drag strip and dirt track.

Throughout the year, members of the Fan Council join speedway management for conference calls, participate in surveys after events, attend meetings at the speedway during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NHRA event weekends and participate in online fan forums.

"Our mission is always to put fans first at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Fan Council enhances our ability to do that," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We’re now able to communicate directly with our fans and gather their ideas to improve the at-track experience for everyone. The Fan Council has made suggestions that have resulted in some of our most fan-friendly enhancements over the past two years.”

The Fan Council has provided suggestions such as a play area for children that resulted in the creation of the Powerade Play Zone; more interaction with drivers, which lead to NASCAR Nationwide Series fan autograph sessions; and more viewing screens, which lead to the creation of the largest video board in the world, the new Panasonic HD Video Board, along the backstretch.

The Fan Council consists of 30 members who serve one-year terms. Members are encouraged to share their experiences, offer ideas for improvement and help shape the creation of new programs and initiatives to improve the fan experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track.

The 2011 application form and additional information about the Fan Council are available online. Questions about the Fan Council can be e-mailed to .

Tickets for 2011 events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the May 21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29, are available by calling the ticket office at 1-800-455 FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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