More than 50 drivers from NASCAR’s three top series – NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – will be on hand in the sport’s Acceleration Weekend, a fan-friendly, interactive experience that will include the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and NASCAR Preview 2013. It is slated for Feb. 8-10, 2013 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Fans will have the opportunity to interact with drivers and secure autographs, participate in driver Q&A sessions, get a first-look at the new sixth-generation NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race cars and paint schemes and check out various interactive displays, among other activities. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the NASCAR Hall of Fame box office or online at http://acceleration.nascar.com/
“We are excited about bringing NASCAR Acceleration Weekend back to Charlotte this year,” said Kim Brink, NASCAR managing director of brand, consumer and series marketing. “It is one of our biggest fan events to kick off the season and provides unprecedented access to our best drivers, new cars and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.”
Tickets for Friday night’s Induction Ceremony start at $45. In addition, a $20 ticket will gain fans all-day access into NASCAR Preview 2013 and the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday the 9th.
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, five-time premier series winner Jimmie Johnson and NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will help race fans celebrate the past, present and future of NASCAR.
The weekend will kick off with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony with five new named being added to the growing list of inductees. Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood are from the racing side while legendary broadcasters Ken Squier and Barney Hall will also be honored with the inaugural Squier-Hall Award for Media Excellence for their significant contributions to the success of NASCAR during their distinguished careers as media members covering the sport.
On Saturday the 9th, the NASCAR 2013 preview will begin at 7:00 a.m. at the Convention Center. The all-day event will have drivers signing autographs and have Q&A sessions. Joining Keselowski, Johnson and Earnhardt Jr. will be four-time series champion Jeff Gordon, three-time series champion Tony Stewart, two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Nationwide Series most popular driver Danica Patrick and 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher just to name a few.
Fans will also get a look at the new sixth-generation NASCAR Sprint Cup cars and paint schemes while the newly inducted NASCAR Hall of Fame members and/or their family representatives will be on hand for the unveiling of their Hall of Honor exhibits commemorating their NASCAR careers.
To conclude the three-day event on Sunday, each inductee’s granite marker will be unveiled in the Ceremonial Plaza as well as other exclusive member-only events.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in uptown Charlotte and is open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. seven days a week. It is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. For more information go to NASCARHall.com.