Charlotte Motor Speedway Welcomes Evacuees from Hurricane Irma
CONCORD, NC - In conjunction with preparations for the Sept. 15-17 NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte Motor Speedway will open its Rock City Campground beginning at 7 a.m. Friday morning for evacuees heading north or inland from Hurricane Irma.
With severe weather in the forecast for other southeastern states, accommodations will be available as long as possible prior to potential landfall. Evacuees should access Rock City Campground off Bruton Smith Boulevard through Entrance Z and will have access to bathhouse facilities on speedway property.
“We are happy to open our doors to help those needing a place to seek shelter during this difficult time,” said Greg Walter, the executive vice president of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We look forward to show them the hospitality for which we’re known and they deserve. We are fortunate to have camping available to accommodate both hurricane evacuees and the drag racing fans who will join us next week.”
Fans from 39 states and 11 foreign countries will attend the Sept. 15-17 NHRA Carolina Nationals.
Evacuees are asked to check in at the ticket office on the second floor of Smith Tower at the speedway’s main entrance, starting as early as Friday morning. After-hour arrivals will be handled by Charlotte Motor Speedway security.
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AMS Opens Camping Facilities for IRMA Evacuees
HAMPTON, GA - Atlanta Motor Speedway will open its camping facilities free of charge to evacuees seeking temporary refuge from the approaching Hurricane Irma. The Speedway, which is equipped to handle thousands of campers during its annual NASCAR weekend, will open both RV and tent campgrounds to any interested evacuees beginning tomorrow, Sept. 7.
Located adjacent to its unreserved campground, AMS will also open The Rinnai Shower Station camper bath house, allowing evacuees free access to hot showers and restroom facilities.
Those interested in RV or tent camping at Atlanta Motor Speedway should enter the facility at Entrance "E" off GA Highway 19/41. The Unreserved Campgrounds will be on the left. From I-75 and GA Highway 20, campers should see signs to AMS and follow Lower Woolsey road to Entrance “H” and the Speedway Credential Building. Make a right into Speedway property and then another immediate right onto Richard Petty Boulevard. Follow Richard Petty Boulevard and turn left into Entrance “G”. The campgrounds will be on the right.
For on-site assistance or directions, visit the ticket office/gift store building between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Atlanta Motor Speedway is located approximately 25 miles south of Atlanta on GA Highway 19/41 and approximately eight miles west of I-75 off of GA Highway 20.
For more information, contact Atlanta Motor Speedway at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Atlanta Motor Speedway is inviting Hurricane Irma evacuees staying on property during the storm – and any interested local residents – to watch tomorrow’s quarter-mile Legends and Bandolero races from the grandstands free of charge.
Though the previously scheduled off-season races are not typically a ticketed event for spectators, AMS will open the grandstands beginning at 11 a.m. to offer a free entertainment option while evacuees await the arrival – and departure – of the hurricane, while staying on property.
“We feel for our fellow people going through some difficult times right now, and we want to do whatever we can to take some of the stress off of them,” said Ed Clark, AMS president. “We’ve decided to open the grandstands and let the people on property come and watch the races. We’ve even changed the name to the Irma 300. We got that name because a usual day of double-feature Legends racing is about 300 laps.
"If anything, maybe we can provide a little entertainment, and maybe a small distraction, at a difficult time.”
The scheduled lineup for tomorrow’s on-track action includes double feature races across eight divisions, with drivers ranging from grade-school-aged beginners all the way up to veterans at the pro level. Concessions and restroom facilities will be open inside the venue during the event, and guests should enter through Gate 13.
Talladega Superspeedway to Provide Refuge for Hurricane Irma Evacuees
TALLADEGA, AL - With the growing threat of Hurricane Irma, Talladega Superspeedway will offer a portion of its campgrounds – which will include hot shower and restroom facilities, as well as water hookups on gravel and grassy areas – free to evacuees seeking temporary refuge, beginning Thursday (Sept. 7) morning at 9 am CDT.
The mammoth 2.66-mile track, which has the largest amount of property in NASCAR, is opening its Winner’s Walk I reserved RV area outside of turn one – a free, safe destination for individuals needing a place to bring their campers, trailers and vehicles to escape the wake of this potentially catastrophic storm. In addition to the showers and restrooms, Winner’s Walk I is a reserved area allowing both RV and tent camping on the grass and gravel. The beautiful tree-lined area also contains two dump stations.
“Our track is committed to helping our friends in Florida and the surrounding states during this time of need,” Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch stated of the venue, which is located just off I-20 between Atlanta (GA) and Birmingham, AL. “We hope to provide a sense of relief by offering a place to stay for no charge for evacuees during this time of adversity. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the path of the storm.”
Directional Signage will be at the main entrance of the track. Upon driving on track property, signage will be displayed to gain easy access to Winner's Walk I.
For more information, please contact the Talladega Superspeedway guest services department at (256) 315-4747 or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.