Race Fans and Businesses Rallyed to Send Troops to Coca-Cola 600 – Race fans and companies responded with strong support for Charlotte Motor Speedway’s invitation to honor American troops with the Let the Troops Race ticket program. Through the program, fans who purchased tickets to the May 30 Coca-Cola 600 by phone, online, or in person at the speedway ticket office had the option to purchase an additional ticket for only $20 to send a member of the U.S. Armed Forces to the Memorial Day weekend race.

Race fans from across the country and in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s backyard made ticket donations to the troops. National companies and local small businesses also responded. Firms such as General Dynamics in Falls Church, Va., purchased blocks of tickets. Locally, Richard Childress Racing in Welcome, N.C.; Benham Real Estate Group in Concord, N.C.; TermLock Financial in Greenville, N.C.; and Fox Ski Enterprises and Acoustics Inc., from Charlotte also bought tickets.

“The enthusiastic response to the Let the Troops Race ticket program confirms what we already knew – that our fans love the troops, love NASCAR, and love seeing them come together Memorial Day weekend,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “It’s heartwarming to see race fans as well as businesses both big and small come forward to honor these brave men and women.”

For their donations, fans and companies received recognition on the Charlotte Motor Speedway website (www.charlottemotorspeedway.com) and on the Sprint Vision screens at the speedway during the race weekend.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is donating 3,000 seats to soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C. More than 600 soldiers from Fort Bragg will participate in the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race show. The speedway is also offering specially priced tickets to all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who wish to purchase tickets directly. The special military pricing is available for all major events at the speedway, zMAX Dragway, and The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Following is a list of companies and individuals who donated tickets. From the NASCAR industry: Richard Childress Racing, Stewart-Hass Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, David Reutimann Foundation, Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Consolidated, 3M, Scotts, and Budweiser.

3D Systems, Accessory Brands Inc., Acoustics Inc., American Legion Post 251 (Duluth, Ga.), BAE Systems, Benham Real Estate Group, Britten, Bumble Bee Foods, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, Circle @ Concord Mills, Conder Flags, Fox Ski Enterprises, General Dynamics, Georgia Print Co., Precision Walls, TermLock, Tysinger Promotions Inc., and Victory Management also contributed.