To mark Danica Patrick’s return to Charlotte Motor Speedway, fans will get a one-day-only opportunity to purchase tickets at a significantly reduced price to the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Oct. 15, in which she will compete.

Through the Danica Deal at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fans can purchase Dollar General 300 tickets for only $7 on Thursday, Oct. 7. Patrick will drive the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series race on Friday at 8:00 p.m.

Only 700 tickets will be available at this special price, so fans are encouraged to call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online early Oct. 7 to receive the discount.

In addition, fans who have already purchased tickets to the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 16 can get the special $7 Danica Deal Dollar General 300 pricing during a one-day pre-sale on Oct. 6. Fans with Bank of America 500 tickets should call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) to receive the Danica Deal discount.

Indy Racing League driver Patrick has been in the NASCAR spotlight this season as she competes in select Nationwide Series events for team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., including the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway during Bank of America 500 Week.

Patrick began racing go-karts at age 10 and she won several World Karting Association regional and national championships over a seven-year period. While the Dollar General 300 will be her first appearance on the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, she raced karts at the track during the very early stages of her career.

“I remember going down the back straightaway where Turns 3 and 4 are on the main track and pretending I was racing cars out there on the track,” Patrick said. “I took a ride there in a two-seat race car with the Petty Driving Experience where you pay money and get to ride in the passenger’s seat. I also remember walking the track one time and thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, the banking is so steep you can barely walk on it.’ So I have a lot of memories from Charlotte. That includes everything from visiting a slot car track where we would hang out as kids to the (North Carolina) red clay.”

Patrick and the other 42 Dollar General 300 competitors will battle under the lights Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in what will be the final 2010 “preview” race for the new-generation Nationwide Series race car. The new cars more closely resemble the street versions of the four competing models and will be fully implemented for the 2011 season.

Tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The Bank of America Fan 4 Pack includes tickets, hot dogs and Coca-Cola drinks starting at just $39.75 per person or fans can get four nights of great racing with the Bank of America 500 Week Super Ticket for just $99.

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