NASCAR Racing Experience to Give Belk Bowl Players and Coaches ‘Ride of Their Lives’
Belk Bowl Teams Will Hit Speeds of 170 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 17, 2013– The Belk Bowl today announced this year’s participating teams will burn rubber during an exhilarating ride at the NASCAR Racing Experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway Dec. 24.
“NASCAR has its roots in Charlotte and we are proud to be a part of the Belk Bowl,” said Robert Lutz, CEO of NASCAR Racing Experience and Driving 101. “There’s no better way to celebrate a memorable season for these teams than to take the ride of their lives with professional race car drivers.”
Players, coaches and staff will buckle up in stock cars formerly driven by NASCAR stars such as Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jeff Gordon. During the day, the teams will take turns riding with professional drivers at speeds reaching up to 170 mph and log nearly 1,000 laps.
“We are very excited about this partnership, and the NASCAR Racing Experience will be one of the signature events of the week for the teams visiting the Charlotte area,” said Will Webb, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation. “It will complement the exciting events we have planned around the Belk Bowl.”
The 12th Annual Belk Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 28, with a 3:20 p.m. EST kickoff and televised nationally on ESPN. It will be the only bowl game aired during the prime weekend time slot.
The game features a matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East Conference) and isplayed at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Multi-Grammy nominee and CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton will be the featured act at the 2013 Belk Bowl FanFest on Saturday, Dec. 28. The Belk Bowl FanFest is free to the public and will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Shelton scheduled to begin his performance at 1:30 p.m.
The first college bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the Belk Bowl has averaged almost 60,000 fans each year, with three sellouts. In addition, the 2011 game was viewed by more than 15 million people.
Individual tickets for the 2013 Belk Bowl will go on sale October 1 at 10 a.m. EST and will be available through TicketMaster and the participating schools. Fans can visit the official website, www.BelkBowl.com, for more information about the game and surrounding events.
About Driving 101 LLC:
Driving 101 is the leading experiential racing company in North America owning and operating the NASCAR Racing Experience as well as the Mario Andretti Racing experience. Offering the most realistic racing programs available to NASCAR and Open Wheeled racing fans Nationwide, Driving 101 programs are conducted at over 12 racetracks across the United States and offer a vast array of corporate outings and motorsports themed events. For more information call 877-RACE-LAP (877-722-3527) or visit www.877racelap.com.
About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 301 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. Each year, Belk gives a portion of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. In the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013, the company and its associates, customers and vendors, donated more than $19 million to those communities. Belk stores and belk.com offer a wide assortment of top national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. To connect with Belk go to: Belk Get Connected.
About Charlotte Sports Foundation
The Charlotte Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization, runs the Belk Bowl and serves as the local organizing committee for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. The foundation’s mission is to create, recruit and execute high-caliber athletic events for the City of Charlotte. In addition to adding new highly visible participatory events and elevating existing ones, the foundation also works to secure additional professional, collegiate and amateur events that will enrich Charlotte’s sports landscape.