Charlotte Motor Speedway ready for fan-friendly open test
NASCAR fans will have the chance to see some of the sport’s biggest names take to the track, get special ticket offers and an autograph from NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson as part of "NASCAR Test Fest" at Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday.
Grandstand admission is free for fans to watch more than a dozen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams participate in a one-day open test at the 1.5-mile speedway. Teams will be trying different setups to prepare for the 10 Days of Thunder May race events including the May 16 Sprint All-Star Race and the May 24 Coca-Cola 600.
Among the drivers expected to participate Wednesday are 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, 2014 Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano, 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner Jamie McMurray, 2012 Coca-Cola 600 winner Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael McDowell. The driver lineup is subject to change.
In addition to watching the test, fans will be able to get an autograph from Johnson from 11 a.m. to noon ET, and try their luck with spin-to-win, one-day ticket offers in the ticket office, including big discounts on camping and half-price Hisense 300 XFINITY Series race tickets.
Families can also enjoy interactive games at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Van and appearances by the track’s mascot "Lug Nut," as well as test drive the members-only Speedway Club for lunch.
Testing runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, with a break for lunch at noon. The frontstretch grandstands will open at 9 a.m. for the public. Fans should enter through Gate 5A by the main ticket office.