Friday, December 23, 2011

Preview the 2012 NASCAR season

   More than 50 drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series will appear at the inaugural NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint, scheduled for Jan. 21 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center.

   NASCAR Preview 2012 will offer a festival-like experience for fans that features driver autograph and question-and-answer sessions, show car appearances, simulators, games and more. The fan event is one of several events that comprise NASCAR Acceleration Weekend, which begins Jan. 20 with the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Class of 2012 inductees Richie Evans, Dale Inman, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough. Following Saturday’s NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint event will be the unveiling of the Class of 2012 exhibits in the  Hall of Fame on Jan. 22.

   2011 champions Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Austin Dillon plus other drivers from the Cup, Nationwide and Truck series will sign autographs in the Ballroom and the Exhibit Hall at the Charlotte Convention Center starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.

   Driver Appearance Times (Ballroom)
   9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth
   10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson
   11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski
   12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Greg Biffle
   12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman
   2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Dale Earnhardt Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya
   3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart
   Driver Appearance Times (Exhibit Hall)
   9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – AJ Allmendinger, Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, David Ragan, Justin Allgaier, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Timmy Hill, Blake Koch, Travis Pastrana, Timothy Peters
   11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Brian Vickers, Aric Almirola, Trevor Bayne, Brian Scott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Sweet, Cale Gale, Justin Lofton, Todd Peck
   12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Michael Annett, Elliott Sadler, Mike Wallace, Dakoda Armstrong, Johnny Sauter, Parker Kligerman, Brian Keselowski, Michael Waltrip, Jason Leffler, Todd Bodine
   2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Danica Patrick, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Morgan Shepherd, Kenny Wallace, Joey Coulter, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Tim George Jr., Max Gresham
   Beginning Saturday at 7 a.m. in the Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom, wristbands will be distributed to a limited number of fans to get into the Ballroom where several of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will be signing autographs. Recipients must have an event ticket to be eligible to receive a wristband.

   Tickets to NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint are available now starting at $10 for individual event admission at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available the day of the event for $15. A discounted $20 combo ticket includes admission to both the Preview event and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, while a $299 VIP weekend package includes all NASCAR Acceleration Weekend events, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 
   For additional information and updates on driver appearances, visit