NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR Hall of Fame entrance
|Location||400 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Owner||City of Charlotte|
|Operator||Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority|
|Broke ground||January 2007|
|Opened||May 11, 2010|
|Construction cost||US $160 million|
|Architect||Pei Cobb Freed & Partners|
The NASCAR Hall of Fame honors drivers who have shown exceptional skill at NASCAR driving, all-time great crew chiefs and owners, and other major contributors to competition within the sanctioning body.
NASCAR committed itself to building a Hall of Fame and on March 6, 2006, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, was selected as the location. Ground was broken for the $160 million facility on January 26, 2007, and it officially opened on May 11, 2010, with the inaugural class inducted the day following the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXVI. The new Hall of Fame brings hundreds of jobs and an increase in tourism to Charlotte. In addition to the Hall of Fame, the NASCAR Plaza, a 20-story office building, opened in May, 2009. The 390,000-square-foot (36,000 m2) structure serves as the home of Hall of Fame-related offices, NASCAR Digital Media, and their licensing division. Other tenants include the Charlotte Regional Partnership and Lauth Property Group. Richard Petty and Dale Inman helped unveil the first artifact at the Hall of Fame, which was the Plymouth Belvedere that Petty drove to 27 wins in 1967.
The City of Charlotte was responsible for the construction of the building and is the owner of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. However, it is operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. Winston Kelley is the NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director. Internationally renowned Pei Cobb Freed & Partners is leading the design effort, and Leslie E. Robertson Associates are the structural engineers of this project. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting based in Charlotte is the local architectural firm overseeing many aspects of design and construction of the project. Engineering and Fabrication of the stainless steel möbius which wraps around the structure was completed by Zahner, of Kansas City. Exhibition design is by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, and exhibition lighting by Technical Artistry. Site excavation and grading services commenced on May 21, 2007.
Because of stock car racing's roots in and wealth of famous drivers from North Carolina, many NASCAR offices in the area and many teams in the three major series NASCAR competes in (Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series) totaling over 73% of motorsports employees in the United States working in what the committee called "NASCAR Valley", Charlotte was considered the favorite by many fans and commentators. The Hall of Fame is located in Uptown Charlotte, about 25 minutes south of Charlotte Motor Speedway. The bid was led by NASCAR car owner Rick Hendrick, then Mayor Pat McCrory, and business leaders in Charlotte. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners were enlisted for the complex's design, which will be located near the Charlotte Convention Center.
Hall of Fame Building
The building contains the following:
- First Floor:
- Belk High Octane Theater - A screening room located below ground level which shows videos to guests, including a primer video for first time visitors.
- Second Floor:
- Ceremonial Plaza - An outdoor "patio" with a video screen.
- Glory Road - A 33-degree banked ramp (matching that of Talladega Superspeedway) featuring 18 different cars and saluting 46 past and current tracks.
- The Great Hall - Dubbed as the Times Square of the hall, a 14 feet (4.3 m)-by-18 feet (5.5 m) video screen and rotating exhibits will be staged here.
- "Studio 43" - Named in honor of Richard Petty's car number - which served as the home of Showtime's Inside NASCAR television show.
- Third Floor:
- Hall of Honor - A 360-degree wall with the honorees enshrined serves as the centerpiece of the building with each enshrinee with their own exhibit.
- Transporter and Racecar Simulators - Simulators provided by iRacing.com.
- Race Week Experience - Simulates an actual week in a NASCAR team, from race prep through inspection, practice, time trials and the race.
- Fourth Floor:
- Heritage Speedway - The six decade history of NASCAR is focused here, including a glass enclosed section with historic artifacts from the history of stock car racing.
There is also a gift shop, the Hall of Fame Café and a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant on site. An expansion, which includes a new ballroom, is also part of the project.
While most information on the Charlotte bid has been released voluntarily, the Charlotte Observer has asked the state Attorney General for an opinion requiring full disclosure of the financial details.
The self-proclaimed slogan used by Charlotte for the Hall of Fame was "Racing Was Built Here. Racing Belongs Here."
Other final candidates
The state of Alabama had also been mentioned as a potential candidate location, and was no longer seen as a contender, possibly because Talladega currently is home to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is not affiliated with NASCAR. The only northern area that considered bidding was in the state of Michigan. Detroit prepared bids, but state officials decided not to submit the proposals. The cities of Richmond, Virginia, and Kansas City, Kansas, were actually among the five finalists, but on January 5, 2006, NASCAR announced they had been eliminated from the running, leaving just Daytona, Atlanta and Charlotte as the remaining cities.
Former drivers must have been active in NASCAR for at least 10 years, and retired for at least three. Non-drivers must have been involved in the industry at least ten years. Some candidates with shorter careers will be considered if there were special circumstances.
On December 5, 2013, NASCAR announced changes to the eligibility criteria: drivers are eligible if they had turned 55 years of age prior to the nomination day, and have competed for at least 30 seasons.
A 20-member nominating committee chooses nominees from those who are eligible. The committee consists of:
- Seven NASCAR representatives;
- NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley;
- NASCAR Hall of Fame Historian;
- Track owners (Two each from International Speedway Corporation and Speedway Motorsports Incorporated, the George family (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), the Igdalsky family (Pocono Raceway), and Dover International Speedway)
- Four track owners from historic short tracks: Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, S.C.; Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, N.Y; and Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA. (While Toyota Speedway opened in 1999, the track is in a market that has long has NASCAR tracks but many no longer exist.) South Boston Speedway in Virginia is also represented as the track is owned by the Igdalsky family.
After the nomination committee selects the list of candidates, a total of 48 votes are cast by a voting committee, which consists of the nominating committee and the following:
- 14 media representatives: Three each from the National Motorsports Press Association, the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Eastern Motorsports Press Association; one each from current media rights holders 21st Century Fox, Comcast, Motor Racing Network and Performance Racing Network
- One representative each from the current manufacturers - Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota;
- Three retired drivers;
- Three retired owners;
- Three retired crew chiefs;
- Effective 2014, the reigning Sprint Cup Series champion;
- One ballot which will represent the results of a nationwide fan vote.
|Dale Earnhardt||2010||Driver and owner||7-time Cup drivers champion, 76 race wins, 1998 Daytona 500 winner|
|Bill France, Sr.||2010||Promoter||NASCAR founder and promoter|
|Bill France, Jr.||2010||Promoter||NASCAR promoter|
|Junior Johnson||2010||Driver and owner||50 race wins as a driver, 1960 Daytona 500 winner, 6-time Cup owners champion|
|Richard Petty||2010||Driver and owner||7-time Cup drivers champion, 200 race wins, 7-time Daytona 500 winner|
|Bobby Allison||2011||Driver||1983 Cup drivers champion, 84 race wins, 3-time Daytona 500 winner|
|Ned Jarrett||2011||Driver and broadcaster||2-time Cup drivers champion, 50 race wins|
|Bud Moore||2011||Owner and mechanic||3-time Cup drivers championships, 63 race wins|
|David Pearson||2011||Driver||3-time Cup drivers champion, 105 race wins, 1976 Daytona 500 winner|
|Lee Petty||2011||Driver and owner||3-time Cup drivers champion, winner of the first Daytona 500|
|Richie Evans||2012||Driver||9-time Modified Tour champion|
|Dale Inman||2012||Crew chief||8-time Cup champion with Richard Petty and Terry Labonte|
|Darrell Waltrip||2012||Driver and broadcaster||3-time Cup drivers champion, 84 race wins, 1989 Daytona 500 winner|
|Glen Wood||2012||Owner||Founder of Wood Brothers Racing team, 98 race wins as owner|
|Cale Yarborough||2012||Driver||3-time Cup drivers champion, 83 race wins, 4-time Daytona 500 winner|
|Buck Baker||2013||Driver||2-time Cup drivers champion, 46 race wins|
|Cotton Owens||2013||Driver and owner||9 race wins, owned cars driven by David Pearson and Junior Johnson.|
|Herb Thomas||2013||Driver||2-time Cup drivers champion, 48 race wins|
|Rusty Wallace||2013||Driver and broadcaster||1989 Cup champion, 55 race wins|
|Leonard Wood||2013||Crew chief||96 race wins, helped innovate the modern pit stop|
|Tim Flock||2014||Driver||2-time Cup drivers champion, 39 race wins|
|Maurice Petty||2014||Owner, crew chief and engineer||200 Cup race wins, 7-time Cup champion and 7-time Daytona 500 winner|
|Dale Jarrett||2014||Driver and broadcaster||1999 Cup champion, 32 race wins, 3-time Daytona 500 winner|
|Jack Ingram||2014||Driver||2-time Busch champion, 31 race wins|
|Fireball Roberts||2014||Driver||33 race wins, 1962 Daytona 500 winner|
|Bill Elliott||2015||Driver||1988 Cup champion, 44 race wins, 2-time Daytona 500 winner|
|Wendell Scott||2015||Driver||1 race win, first African-American driver to win a race|
|Joe Weatherly||2015||Driver||2-time Cup drivers champion, 25 race wins|
|Rex White||2015||Driver||1960 Cup champion, 28 race wins|
|Fred Lorenzen||2015||Driver||26 race wins, 1965 Daytona 500 winner|
- Lyttle, Steve; Marusak, Joe (2010-05-12). "Charlotte celebrates NASCAR Hall of Fame's opening day". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- Ryan, Nate (October 11, 2008). "First artifact unveiled at NASCAR Hall of Fame". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
- Bob Pockrass (May 19, 2009). "NASCAR inks deal with iRacing.com to develop online racing series". SceneDaily.com. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
- "NASCAR Hall of Fame".
- Associated Press (2013-12-05). "NASCAR changes Hall of Fame eligibility process". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Caraviello, David. "SPRINT CUP CHAMP TO GET NASCAR HALL OF FAME VOTE". Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- Class of 2010 Inductees. NASCAR Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- McGarr, Elizabeth (December 23, 2010). "The Class Of 2010: The Hall's inaugural class included a king, a former bootlegger, two members of NASCAR's first family and the man they called the Intimidator". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- Class of 2011. NASCAR Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- . NASCAR Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- Official Release. "Thomas, Wood top vote-getters for 2013 class - May 23, 2012". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
- NASCAR Hall of Fame official website
- Collection of links to articles for all prospective locations
- USA Today article from May 25
- Charlotte basks, boasts at Hall groundbreaking