Saturday

STEWART-HAAS RACING


6001 Haas Way (Kannapolis Gateway Business Park) Kannapolis

Hours--8am-4:30pm

Visited 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018

Hero Cards?  Yes

Public WiFi?  No

Kurt Busch's Daytona 500 winning car
One of the many "guides" on the
viewing windows
Overview--One of the busier shops I visited, as it is owned by a three-time champ (as a driver) in Tony Stewart and has an active championship driver in Kevin Harvick. 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.

Work being done inside
the garage
Ratings--
To See and Do: 4 this is definitely focused on the actual race shop, but has added several amenities in the past year.  There's now decals that allow for a "guided tour" around the shop showing how they go from pieces of metal to a finished race car.  Note that the F1 team is based out of another building that is NOT open to the public.
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.  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 The staff was happy to answer my questions, and otherwise left me alone.

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.
F1 car on display

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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