For the ultimate racing experience, look no further than Cabarrus County, NC – “Where Racing Lives!”
In 2011, stock car racing became the official sport of North Carolina with good reason. Stock car racing was born here as moonshine runners navigated twisting back roads, and the sport has matured here with 90 % of NASCAR team race shops headquartered in Cabarrus County and the surrounding area.
Make your first pit stop at the Cabarrus County Visitor Information Center! A one-stop resource for area information, the Visitor Center is conveniently located at Exit 49 off of Interstate 85. Stop by for brochures on area hotels, restaurants, attractions, shopping and more. Don’t forget your copy of the Cabarrus County Destination Guide, the ultimate tool to navigating our area with maps, event schedules and dining guide! At the Visitor Center, you can even purchase souvenirs and tickets to local attractions like Kannapolis Intimidator baseball games, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Carowinds, and SEA LIFE Aquarium.
Cabarrus County is truly “Where Racing Lives.” Some of NASCAR’s top teams and drivers are based here, including Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Hendrick Motorsports, home of six-time champion Jimmie Johnson and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr! Stop by to observe team members hard at work in fan viewing areas. Then, explore history and pick up souvenirs inside museums and teams stores. Visiting race shops allows you the chance to get a behind the scenes look into how the teams prepare for race day. Who knows? You may even catch a glimpse of your favorite driver passing through!
Get the insider’s scoop on these and other race shops from motorsports industry veterans as you go behind the scenes with local tour operators. More good news: you can leave your GPS at home because they do the driving!
Kannapolis is the hometown of NASCAR Hall of Famer, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The city is also a cornerstone of the Dale Trail, a 20-stop self-guided tour that features points of interest from Dale’s childhood and racing legacy. While on the Dale Trail, pay tribute to the Intimidator and get a glimpse into his life as a man, not just a race car driver.
The Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza is one of the tour’s most significant locations and features a nine-foot, 900 pound bronze statue of Dale’s likeness as the centerpiece of a lush courtyard in the heart of downtown. Look closely and you’ll find features that play on Earnhardt numerology all throughout the Plaza. Exclusively available at the Cabarrus County Visitor Center, be sure to pick up a free copy of the map filled with interesting facts and helpful information for navigating!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and a walk through the Sam Bass Gallery proves it!
As NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist, Sam Bass has been documenting NASCAR history in images for more than 30 years. The Sam Bass Gallery showcases over 300 pieces of art, including originals, limited edition prints, illustrations, fi ne art posters and the history of “special” paint schemes in NASCAR. The Sam Bass Gallery is the only art gallery exclusively dedicated to the art of NASCAR.
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