This summer, through a partnership between Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Cannon Memorial YMCA, youth across the region have the opportunity to get a hands-on look at all things motorsports through a unique week-long camp that teaches them about the sport, its history and even puts them behind the wheel for a few laps.

After receiving overwhelming response from the camp last year, organizers decided to ramp up the program this summer with four week-long offerings.

“This camp is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with a great organization like the YMCA, to spark an interest in youth who want to learn about the exciting world of motorsports and to highlight the impact that motorsports has on our community in so many different ways,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “And who knows, this experience prompt some to pursue a career in motorsports.”

As part of the camp, children get a behind-the-scenes tour of facilities at Charlotte Motor Speedway and learn about the different types of racing that takes place at the Mecca of Motorsports, including NASCAR, NHRA and World of Outlaws events, among others.

Campers also visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame to learn about the sport’s past stars and stop at local race shops to see all that goes into operating a race team.

For most kids, the highlight of the week is the chance to get behind the wheel of a Bandolero car for a few laps. Many of the biggest names in NASCAR’s elite series got their starts in Legend Car and Bandolero racing, including drivers like Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and David Ragan.

As the program continues to grow, organizers hope to attract some corporate participation to help open up the camp to underprivileged youth in the area.

“The next step is to get corporate participation so that we can attract children that don’t have the opportunities,” said Richard Burke, with U.S. Legends Cars International, a subsidiary of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “We’re just covering costs at this time. If we could get some corporate participation, that way we could get some scholarships.”

For more information, visit cannonymca.org or call 704-795-9622.

Fans can watch some of the best Legend Car and Bandolero drivers in the country compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway every Tuesday night through Aug. 21 as part of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout. Tickets are $7 for adults and kids 13 and under get in free.

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