Saturday

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS


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
The Skinny--This could very-well be the BEST shop to visit. First off, its really two shops--the 48 & 88 in one, the 5 & 24 in the other. Both shops are crammed full of cars and trophies, with various movies playing on overhead screens. As an aside, in 2012 Chad Knaus bumped into me on the way out!   The museum/gift shop is in a separate building down the hill.  The museum is free to enter, and features even MORE cars and memorabilia, and basically goes around the gift shop, which features more items for sale than you can imagine.


Ratings--
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

The 48 & 88 garage


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