Two of sports car racing’s most iconic machines will headline a spectacular salute to road racing during the Sept. 6-9 Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Two black-and-silver Chevrolet Corvette Grand Touring Prototype cars owned by NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rick Hendrick – and raced in IMSA from 1985-’87 – will take center stage at the Showcase Pavilion in the world’s largest automotive extravaganza.
Hendrick’s GM Goodwrench-sponsored, turbocharged V6 cars competed in IMSA’s GTP category with considerable success. AutoFair attendees will see cars which collected four poles in nine races – including a victory at Road Atlanta in 1986.
Legendary drivers including Sarel Van Der Merwe, David Hobbs, Vern Schuppan, Doc Bundy and Bill Adam piloted the cars – highly regarded at the time for their revolutionary design – in the first heyday of high-speed IMSA competition. Corvette GTP cars also competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway when IMSA’s GT series visited the track in 1985 and 1986.
As an additional ode to road racing before the Sept. 28-30 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, Bobby Allison – one of the best road racers in NASCAR history – will sign autographs from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Showcase Pavilion. Allison will greet fans alongside a display of street-legal stock cars, paying homage to fellow road-course luminaries including Richard Petty and Tim Richmond.
Further weekend attractions include autograph sessions and displays for drifting superstar Vaughn Gittin Jr., card trick shows featuring world-famous magician Rick Smith Jr. and an all-new, car-munching Monster Jeep exhibition.
Hours for the Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Single-day tickets to Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts are $11 each day for adults. Admission is FREE for children 13 and under with an adult. A four-day weekend pass is available for just $32 plus tax. To buy tickets, AutoFair attendees can call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), shop online or buy them at the gate.
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