FORT WASHINGTON, PA December 28, 2003 . . . Harry Gant, one of the most popular drivers in the history of NASCAR stock car racing, will be part of the U.S.Smokeless Tobacco Company Motorsports Experience at the Motorsports 2004 Presented by Sunoco show. The three day show takes place at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 16th.
Gant was a regular on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit from 1981 to 1994, winning 18 races and 17 poles and finishing in the top 10 in 208 of his 474 starts. He walked away from the sport in 1994 at the age of 54. He tied the modern day record for consecutive wins as he won four consecutive races in 1991.
Though he is retired from the sport Gant continues to make personal appearances for U.S. Smokeless Tobacco and will be signing autographs for adult fans from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 17th at the U.S.Smokeless Tobacco Motorsports Experience.
The Experience includes motorsports memorabilia and artifacts; a remote controlled oval race track where visitors to the display can race against their friends; and a full sized pit-stop challenge game where adults can try their hand at changing a tire on a stock car.
"We are thrilled to be bringing the U.S.Smokeless Tobacco Company Motorsports Experience Tour to the adult public," said Brandon Rex, USSTC manager of marketing promotions. "We are confident that adults who visit the rig will find an exciting and friendly environment while learning about the company's history with motorsports."
Former Winston Cup racer Gant joins open cockpit star turned stock car racer J.J.Yeley and World of Outlaws talent Tyler Walker, current Nextel Cup champion Matt Kenseth, former NASCAR Winston Cup champion Bobby Allison, Busch Series racer Tim Fedewa, and Winston Cup ace Dave Blaney along with a long list of outstanding local and regional racing stars.
There is plenty more for the auto racing fan with more than 150 motorsports vehicles on display.
The three day show covers close to 300,000 square feet of exhibit space with more than 600 display areas covering just about everything imaginable in motorsports.
There is a complete area just to house the collectible vendors who will be offering some special deals for show attendees.
And there is the hardcore racer section that allows racers to see what is new in the way of parts, equipment, safety equipment and more for 2004. Racers also are invited to attend close to 20 different seminars on a variety of subjects helpful to their racing efforts free of additional charge after paying their show admission.
In addition there will be Big Wheel competition for the youngsters and for the first time the Big Wheels will be made available by the show organizers. No one will be permitted to compete using their own Big Wheel.
And the very popular U.S.Smokeless Tobacco Ms Motorsports Pageant will again be part of the show with preliminaries taking place on Saturday afternoon and the finals being offered Saturday evening.
Discount coupons, good for $2.00 off on adult tickets, are available at participating Sunoco outlets. Look for the show signage.
For information on the show schedule check in at aarn.com and hit the Motorsports 2004 link. And you can telephone for ticket and show information at 609.888.3618.
The three day show, opening at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 16th, takes place at the huge Fort Washington, PA Expo Center located just a short distance from Exit 339 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The show site affords attendees ample free parking.