4400 Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd., Charlotte--ENTER FROM PAPA JOE BLVD.
Hours--Shops 8am-4:30pm, Museum & Gift Shop 10am-5pm
Visited 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017
|Historic cars in the museum|
|Working on the 5 car|
To See and Do: 5 so much to do and see here, from the 5 & 24 race shops, to the 48 & 88 race shops, to the team museum. When you arrive, tune to 92.1 FM on your car radio for an overview of everything on the campus.
Accessibility: 4.5 the only slight demerit comes from the 48 & 88 garage, where a display area blocks you from a head-on view of the race shop. The 5 & 24 garage, however, has a large glassed-in viewing area. The 5 & 24 shop also is one of the few that uses the entire garage area, INCLUDING the area right by the windows. They pushed that week's car inches from where I stood!
Gift Shop: 4 again, only a small complaint. The race shops open at 8am, but the gift shop doesn't open till 10am? If they opened the gift shop even an hour earlier, it would be a great help to those who come early.
Friendliness of Staff: 5 got lots of waves and hellos, and the ladies in the gift shop were very polite to everyone (and yes, Chad Knaus apologized for bumping into me).
|The pit stop practice area|
Insider Tip: You can watch pit stop practice here! They practice between the Museum/Gift Shop and the Team Center. This is NOT promoted to the public, so you have to know to look for it.
Insider Tip: Tuesdays are the best time to go--in fact, there is a team-wide meeting Tuesday mornings, so that's the best time to go if you want to try and meet drivers.
Final Verdict--See it, this is one of the best.
|"Days of Thunder" display|