NASCAR driver appearances set for NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint

NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint is a new addition to the calendar and is part of the three-day NASCAR Acceleration Weekend from Jan. 20-22 in Charlotte, N.C.

Race fans can experience the festival-like event that will feature driver and show car appearances, simulators, games, prizes and a host of other fan-friendly and interactive activities.

Driver appearances that have been confirmed so far consist of 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion #14-Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 11 other top drivers.

January 21st: [REVISED 12-12-2011]

9:15am – 11:1am: Kyle Busch & Matt Kenseth

10:15am – 12:15pm: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson & Denny Hamlin

11:45am – 1:45pm: Brad Keselowski & Kevin Harvick

12:15pm – 2:15pm: Greg Biffle

12:30pm – 2:30pm: Kasey Kahne & Ryan Newman

2:45pm – 4:45pm: Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Juan Pablo Montoya

3:15pm – 5:15pm:Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards & Kurt Busch

Autographs will be given in the Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center starting at 9:15am/et on Saturday, Jan. 21. Beginning Saturday at 7:00am in the Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom, wristbands will be distributed to a limited number of fans.

Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon & others are scheduled to participate in a question and answer session.

Additional driver appearances from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend kicks off Friday, Jan. 20 with the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2012, which features Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, Dale Inman, Richie Evans and Glen Wood. Following Saturday’s NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint event will be the unveiling of the Class of 2012 exhibits in the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Sunday, Jan. 22.

NASCAR Preview 2012 presented by Sprint features appearances by 2011 Champions

The NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint season preview fan event is in high gear. Driver appearances by the newly crowned 2011 champions in the three NASCAR national series have been confirmed for the all-day event located inside the Charlotte Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 21.
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and first-time national series champions Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (NASCAR Nationwide Series) and Austin Dillon (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) are scheduled for two-hour appearances that include driver autograph and on-stage question-and-answer sessions.
The NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint is a new addition to the annual calendar. A festival-like event will feature driver and show car appearances, simulators, games, prizes and a host of other fan-friendly and interactive activities.
The event is part of the three-day NASCAR Acceleration Weekend from Jan. 20-22 in Charlotte, N.C. that gives race fans an unprecedented experience through a combination of events and activities featuring the legends of the sport and stars of today.
NASCAR Acceleration Weekend kicks off Friday, Jan. 20 with the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2012, which features Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, Dale Inman, Richie Evans and Glen Wood. Following Saturday’s NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint event will be the unveiling of the Class of 2012 exhibits in the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Sunday, Jan. 22.
For many fans, the highlight of the weekend will be the opportunity to meet their favorite NASCAR driver. Stewart and other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will sign autographs in the Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center starting at 9:15 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 21. Beginning Saturday at 7 a.m. in the Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom, wristbands will be distributed to a limited number of fans. Recipients must have an event ticket to be eligible to receive a wristband.
Driver Appearance Times
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Tony Stewart
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Austin Dillon
Additional driver appearances from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, plus the four living NASCAR Hall of Fame members inducted the previous night, will be announced at a later date. Appearance times are subject to change.
Tickets to NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint start at just $10. Experience the entire weekend at a discounted rate: Ticket prices range from $10 for individual event admission to $299 for a VIP weekend package that includes the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
NASCAR press release

NASCAR introduces new fan event – “NASCAR Acceleration Weekend”

NASCAR announced on Tuesday the addition of a new fan-friendly event – the NASCAR Preview 2012, Presented by Sprint – that will follow January’s 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

“NASCAR Acceleration Weekend,” scheduled for Jan. 20-22 in Charlotte, N.C., gives race fans an unprecedented, festival-like experience with a combination of events and activities featuring the legends of the sport and stars of today. The NASCAR Preview 2012, Presented by Sprint now joins the NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway, held the previous week, as the two premier events for fans to meet their favorite drivers and get revved up for the start of the season at the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.

Kicking off the inaugural NASCAR Acceleration Weekend is the induction of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 – Richie Evans, Dale Inman, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood, and Cale Yarborough – at a dinner and ceremony located in the Charlotte Convention Center, which adjoins the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Exhibits of the five-member class will be unveiled inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Sunday, Jan. 22.

The fan-focused, all-day event located inside the Charlotte Convention Center will feature driver and show car appearances, simulators, games, prizes and a host of other fan-friendly and interactive activities. The highlight of the day for many fans will be autograph and on-stage Q&A sessions with drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, plus four of the five new NASCAR Hall of Fame members inducted the previous night.

Tickets for the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the NASCAR Preview 2012, Presented by Sprint go on sale Sept. 20. Fans can enter their e-mail address at www.nascaracceleration2012.com to receive updates and to receive a promo code for pre-sale opportunities.