Living in Mooresville NC during NASCAR’s “Speed Week”, which starts with the All-Star Race on one weekend and ends with the Coca-Cola 600 on the Sunday of the second weekend, is a bit like living in Pasadena during New Years.
Race fans from all over the world converge on Mooresville and Charlottefor the myriad festivities both before, during and after the actual races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Why Mooresville? We are home to many of the largest race teams including: DEI, Penske, Petty Enterprises, JR Motorsports, Rusty Wallace Racing, Red Bull, and so many others. Race Shop Tours offers a 7-hour tour during which you visit 23 Teams! Mooresville is also home to the NC Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
This article in the Mooresville Tribune: Mooresville’s Race Week 2008 lists quite a few of the highlights including Penske Racing Fan Day and the JR Motorsports fan event which I worked at on Friday.
Dale Jr. and his sister Kelly created a “Brick Paver” fundraiser program which enables fans to buy a brick and have it inscribed and placed in cement around the flagpole at his new race shop in Mooresville.
All of the proceeds go to SCAN our local Child Abuse Prevention organization of which I am on the Board of Directors. So, all Friday afternoon, a group of us volunteered to help sell them to fans. What an experience!
Fans we talked to came from as far away as Australia and just about every state in the US. Let me tell you, there were some die-hard Dale Jr. fans! This little boy and his brother both sported Mohawks with a bright red 88 painted on the sides of their heads.
The National Guard was there along with Dale Jr’s sponsors like Amp Energy Drink. (I don’t think ANYONE needed that much energy but they were giving them out to everyone for free!)There were bands playing, tours of his race shop, contests and raffles of all kinds.
We also brought the Stocks for Tot’s official car to remind fans about this great non-profit effort that has a huge race driver signing event each December in Downtown Mooresville. The funds of this terrific effort also go to prevent child abuse locally and throughout the country.
We sold a ton of bricks (pun intended) for our SCAN Center and had a great time meeting all of the fans.
I haven’t always been a NASCAR fan but how can I not be, living in Mooresville, City USA and experiencing their generosity to our local community as well as worthy causes throughout the country.
It’s not to late. The Coca-Cola 600 starts in just a few hours!
Okay, tomorrow for me it is back to Lake Norman Real Estate. Have a safe Memorial Day and remember all the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country.