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05/19/09
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Walk of Fame to Open in Mooresville
The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame (“NCARHOF”) is offering race fans yet another reason to visit Mooresville, NC also known as “Race City USA”. Historic Downtown Mooresville will be the home of the new attraction known as the North Carolina Auto Racing Walk of Fame. Comparable to Hollywood’s famous Boulevard of Stars, the sidewalks of Mooresville will feature markers honoring each of the past thirteen inductees into the NCARHOF. Each year, the new NCARHOF inductee will have their marker added to the Walk of Fame.

The Walk of Fame is made possible through funding generously provided by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau. A vision shared by the Bureau’s Chairman, Ron Johnson, and NASCAR Technical Institute’s John Dodson, who also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hall of Fame led to the creation and installation of the historic walkway.

The Walk of Fame ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th, 2:30 pm at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville. Many of the Inductees are slated to attend the event which includes Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, and Buddy Baker as well as family members of the late Dale Earnhardt, Tim Flock, and Benny Parsons. “Having all of these great drivers come together for this event is going to be historic in itself. What a great opportunity for fans to come out and meet the legends that made all of this possible” said Don Miller, Chairman of the NCARHOF.

Richard Petty was the Halls inaugural inductee in 1997; he also offered valuable input in creating the Walk of Fame. “Preserving the rich history of auto racing and creating something that honors the pioneers in this sport is something that means a lot to me. That I’m included as an honoree in this exhibit is really something special.” The North Carolina Auto Racing Walk of Fame located on the sidewalks of Mooresville will be open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dedicated to all types of racing—from drag racing to stock cars, the museum houses more than 35 cars that represent and help relive some of racing’s greatest moments. Numerous racing displays and showcases are continually rotated in an effort to promote North Carolina’s motorsports heritage. The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Proceeds from the NCARHOF support Stop Child Abuse Now and the annual Stocks for Tots fundraiser. NCARHOF

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