(April 16, 2009) – Cabarrus, NC – An updated pull-out map featuring all of North Carolina’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race shops is now available from the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau as part of its newly released annual Visitors Guide. The map contains directions to the race shops, a description of each, and the times they are open to visitors. Also included on the map are descriptions of major stops along The Dale Trail, a self-guided tour of landmarks relating to Dale Earnhardt’s life and NASCAR career in and around Kannapolis, the NASCAR legend’s hometown.
Cabarrus County is home to the world’s largest concentration of motorsports attractions, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, the superspeedway most drivers call home. Sprint Cup teams based in Cabarrus County or nearby include Roush Fenway Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Yates Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Stewart Haas Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip’s Raceworld USA, Red Bull Racing Team, Penske Racing and BAM Racing. Still within North Carolina and within an hour’s drive are even more – Richard Childress Racing, Bill Davis Racing, Richard Petty Museum and Gillett Evernham Motorsports.
The area’s rich racing heritage draws increasing numbers of visitors every year to see what goes on behind the scenes between the races. Visitors watch the cars being built at the race shops, tour legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway, explore the area’s many motorsports museums and ride shotgun in a NASCAR racecar around the speedway track with a professional driver at speeds up to 165 miles an hour. Where else can fans get so close and personal with restrictor plates and valve covers? Watch a pit crew train? Lunch with members of a race team dining at the next table? Maybe, even, run into a NASCAR superstar for an autograph and a handshake?
New to the area is the zMAX Dragway at Concord. This “Bellagio of Dagstrips” hosts NHRA events and a host of other dragracing events and sets a new standard for drag racing facilities. Also new to the area is a Great Wolf Lodge with the largest indoor waterpark in the Carolinas.
“Our region is one of the fastest growing destinations in the country,” states DeSales Wagster, president and CEO of the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau. ”Our destination guide with its comprehensive race shop map is the one tool fans must have to plan their ultimate racing experience here.”
For more information or a free copy of the new Cabarrus County NC visitors guide and pull-out map to the race shops, phone 800-848-3740 or visit www.visitcabarrus.com and order one online.