Thursday, January 9, 2014 —
CHARLOTTE – After nine exclusive stock car sneak peeks over the past two months, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is unveiling a complete makeover of one of its signature exhibits, Glory Road, on Jan. 11.
Encircling the Great Hall, Glory Road has served as one of the Hall’s most prominent focal points since opening in 2010, featuring 18 historic stock cars from the first 60 years of NASCAR. Speedways from across the country are illustrated here as well, where guests can touch the texture of various tracks and feel the intense banking that drivers face week-to-week.
In preparation, the Hall has closed its doors from Jan. 6-10 for installation of the exhibit. The changeover requires extensive cranes and rigging equipment to mount the cars on the surface of Glory Road, which gradually builds to the extreme 33-degree banking found at Talladega Superspeedway.
“We’ve had several of NASCAR’s finest tell us that the original Glory Road would be tough to top, although I’m confident this new version definitely carries on the tradition of illustrating NASCAR’s rich heritage,” says NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley.
“Our goal with Glory Road 2.0 is to produce an exhibit that’s as equally impressive and engaging as our inaugural Glory Road.”
Also coming to the Hall this January, the layout of the Race Week exhibit, which features the Kobalt Tools Pit Crew Challenge and newly wrapped Gen-6 racing simulators, has been revamped for eased navigation for visitors. Portions have also been modernized to reflect the technological evolution of NASCAR. A new Champions exhibit in Race Week will highlight 2013 season titleholders for NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series–Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon and Matt Crafton. An updated Kobalt Tools Kid Zone also offers new interactive features including a kid-friendly Pit Crew Challenge specially constructed for pint-size NASCAR fans.