More than 230 motorsports journalists will gather in the heart of NASCAR country this week for the most prestigious preseason media event in sports, the 34th annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom. Running Jan. 19-21, the tour offers credentialed media three full days of unrivaled access to announcements from NASCAR executives, drivers, team owners and speedway operators.
“For more than three decades, NASCAR media have kicked off the season with the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “It takes a lot of support and cooperation from the race teams, NASCAR and other stakeholders to make it possible. I’m always as excited as our fans to hear what the drivers and owners have to say about the upcoming 2016 season.”
During the tour, credentialed media from across the United States, and as far away as Germany and France, will preview the 2016 racing season. The Associated Press, FOX Sports, NBC Sports, Sirius XM, Performance Racing Network, Motor Racing Network, Reuters Newswire and USA Today are among the major outlets that will be represented on the tour.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France will offer his state of the sport address during the opening day of the tour. Participating media will hear news from NASCAR teams such as Chip Ganassi Racing, Furniture Row Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing, Team Penske, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Each day will highlight teams from their respective manufacturers, Toyota Tuesday, Ford Wednesday and Chevy Thursday. Media will be treated to a press event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday night and a luncheon with Wood Brothers Racing at the Ford Technical Support Center on Wednesday. Wednesday night, Performance Racing Network and Bristol Motor Speedway will host a fun night at StrikeCity. Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway will share news for the upcoming season, and FOX Sports will introduce their new-look NASCAR broadcast team with analyst Jeff Gordon.
Team presentations will be streamed live throughout the week on NASCAR.com. Daily updates, including video and photo galleries will be available at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com