Fans that have bought tickets for the tripleheader at the 2.66-mile venue will come from 17 countries across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia), including 49 states and the District of Columbia.
So, what is the farthest country that will be represented at Talladega this weekend? It is again Australia, which is over 9,300 miles away and more than 8,000 nautical miles away.
“Our race fans continue to show how passionate they are," said Talladega Chairman Grant Lynch. “This just proves what they will do to witness in person the incredible racing and fan experience that Talladega Superspeedway offers. It is so true that when we say ‘This is more than a race, this is Talladega.’ Our fans know it first-hand, and they are going to be in for an incredible tripleheader weekend."
More than 70 percent of Talladega Superspeedway’s dedicated fans come from outside of the state of Alabama – generating more than $380 million annually for Alabama tourism – to enjoy racing that is second-to-none, as well as a fun, social atmosphere, which includes The Big One on the Blvd Friday night and the traditional Saturday Night Concert with popular Big & Rich, that is good for all ages.
Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell says “Everybody knows that Talladega Superspeedway throws the best party on the circuit. They host world-wide marquee events and are a major contributor for tourism in the state of Alabama, which allows us to showcase to those attending what our state has to offer."
When fans make their trip to Alabama for the marquee Talladega events this weekend, they will be surprised to find that “Sweet Home Alabama" has more to offer. From delicious food delicacies to incredible road-trip destinations, Alabama has it all. Fans are encouraged to slow down, enjoy the trip, explore the cities and towns, experience the culinary side of the state and stay a little longer or come back sooner. For additional travel information, visit www.alabama.travel.
The action at Talladega kicks off on Friday with practice sessions for the Sparks Energy 300 and GEICO 500, as well as practice, qualifying and the drop of the green flag for the General Tire 200 at 5 p.m. CDT. Saturday’s schedule includes qualifying for the GEICO 500 as well as time trials and the start of the Sparks Energy 300 at 2 p.m. CDT. Later that evening, Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy, will headline the traditional Infield Concert. Country Music’s best-kept secret, Eric Lee Beddingfield, is set to open the event at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with a GEICO 500 ticket. The GEICO 500 race is set for Sunday at 12:00 p.m.