By David Reininger - Motorsport.com
Washington, D.C. (December 26, 2000) - The Washington, D.C. Auto Show opened its six day run at the Convention Center in downtown Washington today. The show, sponsored by Mattel's Hot Wheels for the second consecutive year, features over 500 brand new vehicles from manufacturers around the globe.
Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Dupont Monte Carlo, prominently featured at the Chevrolet stand, is one of three NASCAR race cars at this year's show. Chevrolet will have an added challenge next season when Dodge enters NASCAR Winston Cup competition starting with the Daytona 500 in February.
Evernham Racing, owned by Ray Evernham, will field the Dodge factory effort so it's no coincidence that Evernham's bright red No. 19 Intrepid R/T, slated to be driven by Bill Elliott, is on exhibit in the Dodge area.
Monster Racing of Dover, DE, a racing experience at Dover Downs International Raceway and the Nashville Superspeedway, have a NASCAR racer on display too. Make sure you see it before heading upstairs to the main floor.
Besides Monster Racing, one other motorsports related display is located on the first floor. InterAct, located in Hunt Valley, MD, comes to the auto show to display their latest in racing simulator hardware. The company offers steering wheels and pedals for video games and personal computers. Check out the InterAct products on one of six computer stations setup for racing simulations.
The Washington, D.C. Auto Show also features several new concept cars, which have yet to be seen in the Washington area, including the Chevrolet Avalanche, Jeep Commander, Dodge Sidewinder, Chrysler Citadel and the Oldsmobile Profile.
The show runs through Monday, January 1, 2001 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. For more information visit http://www.washingtonautoshow.com.