Charlotte Motor Speedway Opens NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Test to Fans
Fans will have the opportunity to see their favorite drivers in action at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time in 2010 during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing March 23-24. The test will be held for the new spoiler that will soon replace the rear wing on the current Sprint Cup Series car.
Ticket holders to any 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22, the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30 and the NASCAR Banking 500 on Oct. 16, will be granted special access to watch testing from the infield. The VIP seating area located behind pit road near Victory Circle will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer forum with available drivers; meet Miss Sprint Cup during an autograph session in Victory Circle; and take their picture with the Charlotte Motor Speedway show car. Concessions and souvenirs will be available in the infield.
"This test is crucial for the teams as they prepare to switch to the new spoiler," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "But while the teams are here to work, we're going to be sure the fans have a good time. Being a ticket holder at Charlotte Motor Speedway has its privileges, and this Fans First initiative will give infield access fans can't get anywhere else for testing."
Drivers expected to participate in the open test include four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson; Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin; NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race defending champion Tony Stewart; and NASCAR stars Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards among others.
During both days of the test, Charlotte Motor Speedway's frontstretch grandstand will be open free of charge from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Drivers will break for lunch each day from noon-1 p.m. Grandstand concessions will be open, and fans should enter through Gate 5A, located next to the main ticket office.
Ticket holders for 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway will check in at Gate 25 starting at 10 a.m. and from there they can access the infield grandstand and Victory Circle activities.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is the home of NASCAR's biggest back-to-back race weekends with the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22, and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30. Tickets and interest-free payment plans are available by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.