CHARLOTTE – The NASCAR Hall of Fame is working to capitalize on the thousands of race fans in town for the Coca-Cola 600 by offering a shuttle back and forth to uptown from Charlotte Motor Speedway.
It's a convenience for those who don't want to sit in traffic, especially those from out of town.
"Let the guy do the driving,” said California native Andy Smith, who says visiting the speedway and the hall are both on his bucket list.
Smith is one of many taking advantage of shuttle buses to and from Center City. Other race fans say the convenience drew them in and the timing couldn't have been more perfect.
"It fit right in between all of the racing things we had planned,” said Evelyn Rapp, of St. Cloud, Fla. “Since we're interested in racing history and I haven't been before, it was perfect – the perfect activity for today."
And perfect for the hall of fame, which has taken heat for lower-than-predicted attendance.
"Anytime you can go to where your customers are, that's the best thing to do,” said hall of fame executive director Winston Kelley. “Clearly the people at the speedway are interested in NASCAR. If we could just make it easy for them, then that helps us as well."
The shuttles to and from the track were all sold out on Friday. The Charlotte Area Transit System also offers a shuttle for race fans.