CORNELIUS Michael Waltrip Racing expects up to 1,500 fans to visit its Cornelius race shop off Interstate 77 Exit 28 for its annual "Fan Fest" on Wednesday.
Waltrip, David Reutimann, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Truex and JTG Daugherty driver Marcos Ambrose will sign autographs at the event, along with Diamond-Waltrip Nationwide driver Trevor Bayne and modified racer Tim Brown, who stars on the History Channels reality series Madhouse.
Reutimann and Bayne will kick off the festivities by signing from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by Waltrip, both Truexes, Ambrose and Brown from 6 to 8 p.m.
Country artist Matt Dylan will perform live, highlighting the entertainment that includes a family carnival, pit stop practices, simulator, and various games.
Several local and regional businesses and vendors will be featured, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Macs Speed Shop will offer menu items beginning at 4 p.m., with free dessert from Lance and Little Debbie. Coca-Cola will provide drinks.
MWR partners NAPA, Toyota, Freightliner and TUMS will have product demos, displays and giveaways, including a NAPA Race Day experience.
Admission will be free to Michael Waltrip Racings shop and interactive displays all day, beginning at 9 a.m. Fans can watch the team prepare for the Coca-Cola 600.