Hall of Fame site possible locations announced

Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Daytona Beach, Kansas City, Richmond and State of Michigan slated to offer proposals DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2005) -- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced the final...

Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Daytona Beach, Kansas City, Richmond and State of Michigan slated to offer proposals

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2005) -- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced the final list of locations in the running to host the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Groups in Atlanta, Birmingham/Talladega, Charlotte/Concord, Daytona Beach, Kansas City, Richmond and the State of Michigan have received requests from NASCAR for proposals and have agreed to submit bids for this new project.

The city selected will partner with NASCAR to build a state-of-the-art facility aimed at displaying -- and preserving -- the sport's rich history and tradition.

"NASCAR's overriding goal is to have a world class Hall of Fame," said NASCAR Chairman/CEO Brian France. "We want it to be a special place that brings NASCAR's history to life. Our hope is for longtime fans to have the opportunity to relive NASCAR's greatest moments and for new fans to learn about them."

There are a number of independent racing "halls" in existence in the United States, but none are officially affiliated with NASCAR.

In support of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, it is likely that an annual induction ceremony would take place in conjunction with an existing NASCAR-sanctioned race weekend. This would attract a significant number of visitors to the site and provide a major economic lift for the Hall of Fame and surrounding areas. The enshrinement ceremony and other ancillary events would also make for compelling television content on a national basis.

"NASCAR wants a Hall of Fame that will remain fresh and will entice visitors to return time and time again," said NASCAR VP of Licensing and Consumer Products Mark Dyer.

The NASCAR RFP (Request for Proposal) sent to the seven groups bidding is intentionally vague. There are no specific requirements for size, shape or cost. It is NASCAR's hope that each community will view this as an opportunity to be creative in design, development and timing.

The deadline to submit proposals is May 31.

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