Six-Time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson, Trevor Bayne Join Stellar Talladega Pre-Race Question/Answer Session Lineup for Fans
New Pit Pass Upgrade also Includes Pit Road Access, Red Carpet & Driver Intros
TALLADEGA, AL – Six-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and two-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Jimmie Johnson, along with 2011 Daytona 500 Champ Trevor Bayne, are the latest additions to the all-new Pre-race Fan Question & Answer session at the start-finish line this Sunday morning, prior to the Aaron’s 499.
The duo will join defending Aaron’s 499 winner David Ragan, Jamie McMurray – the latest winner the NASCAR’s Most Competitive track – two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and 23-time Sprint Cup winner Denny Hamlin in the Q&A session, emceed by Motor Racing Network’s Mike Bagley. Johnson owns the closest finish in NASCAR history with his 2011 triumph at the 2.66-mile, 33-degree banked venue, winning the Aaron’s 499 by only 0.002 second.
Fans that purchase Talladega’s “Pit Pass Upgrade,” can have access to the special session. Not only can they get an up-close look at NASCAR’s finest with the Pit Pass Upgrade, but they can take in all the festive activities at the pre-race stage, including driver Introductions just under the starter’s stand. The driver Q&A is tentatively scheduled for 8:30 to 9:45 am.
“Having Jimmie and Trevor completes a stellar lineup of drivers for our Pre-Race Q&A session,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “We have six of the best drivers in the sport ready to talk about the most incredible race track on the planet in front of the greatest fans in the world. The Pit Pass Upgrade gives fans access they will never forget.”
Pre-race festivities at the stage will also include introductions of special guests and VIPs, as well as the Honorary Starter and Grand Marshal of the Aaron’s 499. The Pit Pass Upgrade is $75, but also includes more opportunities on race day.
With the Pit Pass Upgrade fans enjoy a crew member’s perspective on race morning. Fans can stroll down Pit Road where the cars will be placed in position to start the race, and have the opportunity to see the crews set up each pit stall. It also allows access to a relatively new experience – The Red Carpet Entry into the Drivers Meeting. Fans will see the Sprint Cup Series drivers, crew chiefs, team owners, celebrities and NASCAR officials walk the Red Carpet into the mandated meeting, where race procedures and protocol will be explained.
The Pit Pass Upgrade goes in effect on Sunday from 8 until the conclusion of driver introductions. To purchase, simply log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.
After time spent on Pit Road it will feel great settling into Talladega’s roomy and comfortable 21 and 22-inch wide chair back seats. And, new for the 2014 Aaron’s Dream Weekend, is the addition of Sprint Vision video boards that are four times the size of previous ones, placed all along the frontstretch to provide views of the whole track to every seat in the house.
NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 with the Aaron’s Dream Weekend, which is set for May 2-4. The NASCAR Nationwide Series and ARCA Racing Series will take to the track on Saturday, May 3 while NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series machines take the green flag on Sunday, May 4. For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.