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20 Years of Racing Festival

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 27, 2004) - As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Hendrick Motorsports will host a fan festival at its Charlotte-based headquarters May 26-28 prior to the May 30 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Free and open to the public, the festival was designed as a way to thank fans for their support of the team since its 1984 inception.

“When we started discussing our plans for the year, everyone felt a strong desire to focus on the race fans,” said team owner Rick Hendrick.  “If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have much to celebrate, so this event is truly in their honor.

“I hope it’ll be a great experience for anyone that would like to join us.”

Scheduled to run 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day, the event will include interactive games, show cars, sponsor displays, product sampling and autograph sessions from past and present Hendrick Motorsports drivers.  Townsend’s Gourmet will sell food throughout the festival, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Hendrick Marrow Program.

The 15,000-square-foot Hendrick Motorsports Museum will offer festival-goers a free-of-charge glimpse into HMS history, including championship trophies; three of Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolets; Tim Richmond’s No. 25 Chevy; the very first No. 5 “All-Star Racing” car; and the “Days of Thunder” Lumina driven by Tom Cruise.  The facility has recently been updated with new trophies, cars and other memorabilia.

Lowe’s Motor Speedway will provide free festival parking, which can be accessed at “Lot Z” off Speedway Boulevard in Concord.  Trams will be available to transport fans from the parking area to the festival grounds.

The following will be displayed at the festival. All exhibits are open to the public and free of charge except for the food vendor, which benefits the Hendrick Marrow program.

SHOW CARS:


No. 5 Kellogg’s Chevrolet (Terry Labonte)
No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet (Jeff Gordon)
No. 25 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet (Brian Vickers)
No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet (Jimmie Johnson)
No. 5 Lowe’s NASCAR Busch Series Chevrolet (Kyle Busch)
Jeff Gordon Foundation Show Car
No. 24 DuPont Retro-Rainbow Chevrolet

DISPLAYS

:
Pepsi Stage and Sampling
Chevrolet Pace Car Display
Tropicana Peddle Kart Track
Club Car Obstacle Course
Delphi Moonwalk and Tent for Kids
Lays Taste-Test Sampling
DuPont “Hot Hues” Trailer (vehicle display)
Quaker State “Power Crew Exhibit” (simulators and racing-related displays)
Gatorade Sampling
Lowe’s “Kids Corner” (building wooden race cars)
Kellogg’s Characters
Terry Labonte Chevrolet (motorhome display)
CARQUEST Blow-up
EMP Products
Shop-Vac Products
Gladiator GarageWorks Products

INFORMATIONAL BOOTHS:


Hendrick Marrow Program
Jeff Gordon Foundation
GMAC
UGS-PLM Solutions

FOOD VENDOR (BENEFITS HENDRICK MARROW PROGRAM):


Gone Hog Wild

For additional information, including directions and schedule updates, fans may visit www.HendrickMotorsports.com or call 877-467-4890 toll free.

Hendrick Motorsports fields five teams in two different NASCAR divisions with drivers Terry Labonte, Jeff Gordon, Brian Vickers, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.  The organization has won nine NASCAR championships in the last decade, including five at the NEXTEL Cup level.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. Please check back with HendrickMotorsports.com for further updates.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

8:30 a.m.—Festival and HMS Museum open.
1 p.m.—HMS Announcement at the Pepsi Stage.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.—Kyle Busch autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.—Darrell Waltrip autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.—Joe Nemechek and David Green autograph sessions at the Pepsi Stage.
6 p.m.—Festival closes.
7 p.m.—HMS Museum closes.

THURSDAY, MAY 27

8:30 a.m.—Festival and HMS Museum open.
10 a.m.- 11 a.m.—Benny Parsons autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
Noon - 1 p.m.—Geoff Bodine autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.—Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday autograph sessions at the Pepsi Stage.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.—Ricky Hendrick autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
6 p.m.—Festival closes.
7 p.m.—HMS Museum closes.

FRIDAY, MAY 28

8:30 a.m.—Festival and HMS Museum open.
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.—Jerry Nadeau autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
11 a.m. – Noon—Jeff Gordon autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
Noon – 1 p.m.—Brian Vickers autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.—Jimmie Johnson autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
2 p.m. -3 p.m.—Ricky Craven autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.—Terry Labonte autograph session at the Pepsi Stage.
6 p.m.—Festival closes.
7 p.m.—HMS Museum closes.

Please Note:

All autograph sessions will take place on the “Pepsi Stage.”
The guidelines for the autograph sessions are as follows:

1.250 wristbands per session will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis at the HMS information booth two hours prior to each signing.
2.Only fans with wristbands will be eligible to participate in the autograph sessions.
3.Those with wristbands are entitled to have one item signed by the driver (no personalizations) and to take one picture with him. You must provide your own item to be autographed.
4.Fans who purchase the Hendrick Marrow Program’s cookbook, “Fast Food,” from the Hendrick Team Store located inside the HMS museum during the festival are entitled to have that autographed by the driver in addition to their one other item.

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