Saturday

STEWART-HAAS RACING


6001 Haas Way (Kannapolis Gateway Business Park) Kannapolis

Hours--8am-4:30pm

Visited 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017

The Skinny--One of the busier shops I visited, as its home to both a three-time champ AND the most talked-about driver in the sport. There's an overall 1950's garage-feel to the shop (a nice touch).  Incidentally, I saw Danica Patrick walk in and out (I think she was picking up a jacket she'd left by mistake) during my 2013 visit.
A panorama of the shop--showcars in the foreground, race shop in the background,
CNC machines on the left, and gift shop on the right.
Ratings--
To See and Do: 2 this is definitely focused on the actual race shop, not the extras. There's showcars for the current season, and that's about it.  Note that the F1 team is based out of another building that is NOT open to the public.
Young Tony Stewart
A Haas F1 car on display
Accessibility: 5 there's a huge glass window separating the lobby from the garage, which lets you see all the way to the back. There were plenty of cars being worked on here the days I visited. Also, a bonus--the fabrication of the metal parts of the car is on display (thanks to co-owner Carl Haas' ownership of Haas CNC, a major machine tool manufacturer).
Gift Shop: 5 lots and lots to buy here for all four drivers.  There's also a nice display on the wall of Chevy hood ornaments from the 40's and 50's.  The back walls of the gift-shop are lined with various trophies, pictures, and souvenirs, mostly from Tony Stewart's career.
Friendliness of Staff: 4 I know about the hood ornaments because I asked! Unless you pipe up, however, they'll mostly ignore you (which is good and bad).

Insider Tip:  There are numerous Stewart-Haas Racing-branded items that are ONLY available here at the shop.
Insider Tip:  While you can visit anytime between 8am-4:30pm, the team-members get breaks from 9-9:30am & 12:30pm-1:30pm, so if you want to see people working on the cars, avoid those times.

Final Verdict--See it, its how a racer designs a garage.

1 comment:

  1. I visted this last year and as a machine tool student learning on all HAAS CNC machines I badly wanted a tour of the machine shop....I asked the staff if I could take a tour and told them I was in school learning on those same machines luckly one of the machinist was talking to the staff at the moment and as the staff told me no the machinist asked me a few other questions and then gave my father and I a quick but great tour of the machine shop and it was impressive and clean! It is worth it to just stop and see them machining the parts!

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