Today is the opening day of the new NASCAR Hall Of Fame museum, celebrating the evolution of stock car racing from it’s bootlegging roots to the corporate mega-teams of today’s Sprint Cup series. The museum will honor stock car’s legendary drivers, crew chiefs, owners and contributors, as well as highlighting the cars that helped build the sport into what it is today.
Charlotte was chosen because of the city’s long term ties to stock car racing. Many teams and drivers call North Carolina home, and the Charlotte Motor Speedway is just half an hour’s drive from the museum. As if this wasn’t reason enough, an astonishing 73% of motorsports employees working in the U.S live in the greater Charlotte area, and 50% of the total U.S. population lives within a 500 mile mile drive of Charlotte.
The museum features three levels and a ceremonial plaza, It incorporates a banked ramp (matching the 33 degrees of Talladega Superspeedway) to showcase cars and tracks, and will rely heavily on multimedia displays and simulators to draw fans into the action. The third floor will cover the history and evolution of the sport, and the complex includes a gift shop, cafe and restaurant on premises. If you’re a fan of the sport, it sounds like the NASCAR Hall Of Fame is worth a visit.