Drivers, crew chiefs, owners, announcers, and others who have made significant contributions to NASCAR competition are honored at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In March of 2006, the city of Charlotte was chosen as the site for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The first class was admitted the day after the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which took place the day after construction on the $160 million stadium began. The NASCAR Plaza, a 20-story business structure, debuted alongside the Hall of Fame in May 2009.
Offices associated with the Hall of Fame, NASCAR’s licensing section NASCAR Digital Media, and NASCAR video game licensee Dusenberry Martin Racing (formerly known as 704Games) are all located in the 390,000-square-foot building. Both the Charlotte Regional Partnership and the Lauth Property Group call this building home. The inaugural relic at the Hall of Fame was unveiled by Richard Petty and Dale Inman; it was the Plymouth Belvedere in which Petty won 27 races in 1967.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame was built by the City of Charlotte, which also claims ownership of the facility. However, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority is responsible for its operation. Winston Kelley serves as the executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The design was overseen by the renowned Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, while structural engineering was handled by Leslie E. Robertson Associates. The local architectural firm managing many parts of the design and construction of the project is Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, located in Charlotte. The office building’s associate architect was LS3P Associates, Ltd. As site architects, Tobin Starr + Partners represented Pei Cobb Freed & Partners around the clock.
Kansas City’s own Zahner was responsible for the Möbius strip’s engineering and production of stainless steel. Ralph Appelbaum Associates designed the show, and Technical Artistry provided the exhibit lighting. The exhibition and auditorium buildings were designed by Tobin Starr + Partners. The MEP firm responsible for designing the building was Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B). In May of 2007, construction crews began excavating and leveling the site. The complex includes a 19-story office tower and a Hall of Fame. The NASCAR Hall of Fame occupies a space measuring 150,000 square feet. In May of 2010, the museum first opened to the public. Buffalo Wild Wings became the official restaurant of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte in 2009.
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