Hall of Fame Executive Director named

NASCAR AND CHARLOTTE REGIONAL VISITORS AUTHORITY ANNOUNCE WINSTON KELLEY AS HALL OF FAME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Ralph Appelbaum Associates Selected as Exhibit Designer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 6, 2006) -- The National Association for Stock Car ...

Ralph Appelbaum Associates Selected as Exhibit Designer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 6, 2006) -- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) held a press conference on Thursday afternoon to announce the hiring of Winston Kelley as executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Also announced at Thursday's press conference was the addition of Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) as the Hall's exhibit designer.

Kelley is vice president of economic and business development for Duke Energy Carolinas. Kelley joined Duke Energy in 1979, and after a series of promotions he was named vice president of business and community relations in 2002. Kelly, who was named to his current position in April 2006, has an extensive NASCAR background as he has served as a race reporter for MRN Radio since the late 1980s. In addition to a lengthy radio career, Kelly's NASCAR background includes several years as a race statistician and public address announcer at Bristol Motor Speedway and North Wilkesboro Speedway.

"With Winston Kelley, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has a recognized NASCAR personality who has industry contacts that would take a NASCAR novice years to develop," said Tim Newman, CEO of the CRVA. "In addition, his outstanding reputation as a manager at Duke Energy makes him a great fit for this position."

Kelley, who graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in business management and economics, is active in numerous community and civic organizations and serves in several leadership roles. He currently serves on the Charlotte Regional Partnership Executive Governing Committee and board of directors, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Charlotte Center City Partners Executive Committee and board of directors and the 600 Festival Executive Committee and board of directors.

"Everyone in the NASCAR community knows Winston has 20-plus years of experience in the sport, but he also has more than 25 years of business and management experience," said Mark Dyer, NASCAR's vice president of licensing and consumer products. "Winston has tremendous credibility and an abundance of contacts in the Charlotte region's business community. When you add all that to his love for the sport, he's the perfect choice to lead our NASCAR Hall of Fame."

The NASCAR Hall of Fame, which will be a state of the art facility capturing the spirit of the sport, will honor NASCAR icons and create an enduring tribute to the drivers, crew members, team owners and others who have impacted the sport in the past, present and yet to come. The NASCAR Hall of Fame, which will be built in downtown Charlotte, is expected to include exhibit space, a Great Hall, a Hall of Honor, interactive entertainment restaurants, retail outlets and a state-of-the-art media center for the industry.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame will be a special place that brings NASCAR's history to life and preserves that history in the appropriate environments. The new facility will allow longtime fans to have the opportunity to relive NASCAR's greatest moments and for new fans to learn about them. Design work will continue through 2006, with ground breaking ceremonies scheduled for spring 2007. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is expected to open as early as fall 2009.

RAA, a museum design firm with a large portfolio that includes such projects as the National Constitution Center and the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, will be instrumental in the design and development of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

"As one of the world's premier exhibit designers for museums and entertainment attractions, Ralph Appelbaum Associates will make a great addition to our team as we seek to make the NASCAR Hall of Fame the finest sports hall of fame attraction in the world," Newman said. "This firm is truly world-class, as is our lead architect Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners. Together, they will do a great job in designing a great hall of fame experience."

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR), which began in 1948, is the sanctioning body for one of America's premier sports. NASCAR is the No. 1 spectator sport -- holding 17 of the top 20 attended sporting events in the U.S., the No. 2 rated regular season sport on television with broadcasts in more than150 countries, and has 75 million fans that purchase more than $2.1 billion in annual licensed product sales. These fans are the most brand loyal in all of sports and as a result, more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. NASCAR consists of three major national series (NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series, and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) as well as eight regional tours and one local grassroots series. NASCAR sanctions 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 35 states, Canada and Mexico. Based in Daytona Beach, NASCAR has offices in Bentonville (Ark.), Charlotte, Concord (N.C.), Conover (N.C.), Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City and Toronto.

About Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
The mission of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority is to effectively market and promote the region as a successful travel and tourism destination, and to efficiently and prudently manage publicly owned physical and financial assets, resulting in maximum sustainable economic impact and the finest quality of life. Accomplishing this mission requires developing short and long-term integrated strategies for marketing and sales, asset utilization, regional stakeholder coordination and customer satisfaction, as well as appropriate performance measures. For more information regarding CRVA, visit www.crva.com.

About Ralph Appelbaum Associates RAA, a museum design firm, is internationally known for such projects as the National Constitution Center, the Newseum, the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. It will open new exhibits at the Autostadt attraction in Germany later this month. The recipient of more than a hundred design awards, RAA has offices in New York City and London, and has been featured prominently for over two decades in the international press. For further information, please visit www.raany.com.


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