World famous tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, who made headlines earlier this year when he traversed a 1,500-foot span across Niagara Falls on live television, will bring his high-wire thrill show to the Oct. 13 Bank of America 500 pre-race show at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“We always strive to give fans an unforgettable race day experience,” said
Marcus Smith, president and general manager at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This
year, Nik wowed us all at Niagara Falls, and now fans can see him in action at
the greatest place to see the race. Whether it’s on the track or in the air, the
Bank of America 500 will be a combination of entertainment and thrills that only
Charlotte Motor Speedway can deliver.”
No previous show has risen to the heights that will be achieved during this
year’s Bank of America 500, when Wallenda, a six-time Guinness World Record
holder for various acrobatic achievements, takes to the high wire.
descend from above the frontstretch grandstands over a span of more than 750
feet to a crane set up behind Victory Circle, all while balancing on a tiny
5/8-inch cord. At times the cord will hang more than 100 feet – 10 stories –
above the ground, and his total walk will equal the length of two-and-a-half
This year’s performance marks the 26th anniversary of The Flying
Wallendas’ high-wire act at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1986, when Nik’s
predecessors walked from the grandstands down to pit road as part of a
circus-themed prerace show.
“I’m honored to continue the great Wallenda family tradition performing at
Charlotte Motor Speedway,” Wallenda said. “The speedway has always set the bar
for pre-race entertainment and excitement, and I’m looking forward to raising
that bar to new heights this year.
“NASCAR drivers are used to driving on the edge, and in my job, it’s really
no different. It takes an extreme level of focus and commitment to
your craft to be successful, and there’s really nothing quite like the thrill of
being out there and performing.”