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Fan guide: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Charlotte Obserever
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

Tickets, parking and other specifics on the Bank of America 500 race week at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

TICKETS

Tickets for all races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 800-455-FANS.

Friends and family four-pack tickets start at $39.75 per person for the Bank of America 500.

Tickets beginning at $49 are available for Saturday’s Bank of America 500, and as low as $17 for Friday’s Nationwide race and $20 for tonight’s Sprint Cup qualifying and modified race.

GETTING THERE

For fans coming from out of state, race officials recommend Interstate 85 Exits 43, 46, 49 and 52 as primary routes. From Interstate 77, use Exit 18 to reach U.S. 29.

However, officials urge Charlotte-area fans to use U.S. 49 and N.C. 29 instead of taking I-85 to Bruton Smith Boulevard.

The Charlotte Area Transit System, the city of Concord and Charlotte Motor Speedway have partnered to bring race-day bus service from Charlotte to the track.

Starting from the Charlotte Transportation Center in uptown Charlotte, take the 79X Concord Mills Express to the Bank of America 500. Buses run every 20 minutes from noon until 6:30 p.m. for the Bank of America 500 on Saturday.

Return trips will begin immediately after the checkered flag and buses will be near the track’s main entrance. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the Charlotte Transportation Center at 310 E. Trade St. For more information, visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-RIDE (7433).

PARKING

Parking is free on most of the unreserved lots on Charlotte Motor Speedway property. A notable exception is the Tim Flock parking-camping area on Morehead Road.

Private or pay lots also are available in the area.

A new tailgating lot is located on Morehead Road across from Turn 1. Cost is $50 per spot.

Expanded handicapped and season-ticket parking has been added to lots across the street from the speedway, on the corner of U.S. 29 and Bruton Smith Boulevard.

FAN ZONE

New to the speedway is a Fan Zone located outside Turns 1 and 2. Souvenir trailers have moved to the new location from their former spots across U.S. 29.

There will be a Ferris wheel, inflatable slides, bounce houses and other activities for kids. Also included: corporate trackside displays and live entertainment.

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