NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomes two new exhibits
Fans can now explore "A Legendary Decade: The First 50 Inductees" and "Jimmie Johnson: One Final Time"
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2021) – Fresh off an exhilarating NASCAR season opening weekend, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has given fans many more reasons to be excited. Two new exhibits are now open for guests to enjoy: "A Legendary Decade: The First 50 Inductees" highlights the first 10 classes inducted into the Hall of Fame while "Jimmie Johnson: One Final Time" celebrates the seven-time NASCAR premier series champion Jimmie Johnson and his retirement from fulltime NASCAR competition. Each carries on the Hall's tradition of honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR through the lens of some of its most iconic personalities.
“We're thrilled to offer two exciting new exhibits for fans and NASCAR lovers to enjoy," said Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "Both of these exhibits give us a chance to honor the legacy of the sport and its most legendary competitors and contributors in unique ways, looking back to the past through 'Legendary Decades' and, with Jimmie Johnson, one of NASCAR's most recent superstars."
A Legendary Decade: The First 50 Inductees
Since opening in 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has inducted 55 icons who played key roles in helping NASCAR become the dominant force in American motorsports. Located in the Great Hall, this exhibit recognizes the first 10 classes -- from 2010 through 2019 -- and features a car from each class to celebrate the indelible marks every inductee has left on the sport throughout the course of its long and rich history.
In addition to the 10 inductees highlighted with a car, A Legendary Decade explores the other vehicles and displays used to honor the classes in their original Hall of Honor exhibits. This retrospective is scheduled to run until July of this year and includes the following cars:
Inductee: Bill France
Car: 1932 Ford Coupe
Inductee: Richie Evans
Car: 1973 Ford Pinto
Inductee: Jack Ingram
Car: 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Inductee: Terry Labonte
Car: 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Inductee: Ron Hornaday Jr.
Car: 2009 Chevy Silverado
Inductee: Ned Jarrett
Car: 1964 Ford Galaxie
Inductee: Cotton Owens
Inductee: Wendell Scott
Car: 1962 Chevrolet Impala
Inductee: Mark Martin
Car: 1998 Ford Taurus
Inductee: Davey Allison
Car: 1989 Ford Thunderbird
The 11th class from 2020 consisting of Bobby Labonte, Joe Gibbs, Tony Stewart, Waddell Wilson and Buddy Baker remains on display in the Hall of Honor throughout this year.
Jimmie Johnson: One Final Time
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is recognizing driver Jimmie Johnson, clearly one of NASCAR’s most iconic and successful drivers, and his retirement from fulltime competition with a dedicated Victory Lane display. The exhibit features the actual No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE driven by Johnson at Phoenix Raceway in his final full-season NASCAR premier series race, as well as digital content, 20 fire suits and signature trophies from his career. Johnson will be eligible for induction into the Hall as part of the class of 2024.
In support of the rollout for Jimmie Johnson: One Final Time, the NASCAR Hall of Fame social media pages have been sharing teasers to build excitement for fans and followers in the know. Using the #OneFinalTime hashtag, the dedicated weekly posts feature the exhibit logo and snippets of famous imagery from Johnson's career.
Additional photos of A Legendary Decade can be found here. Jimmie Johnson: One Final Time photos will be available upon request later today. For more information about the NASCAR Hall of Fame and its newest exhibits, visit nascarhall.com.
About the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010, and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio. On designated Group Hot Pass Tuesdays, the facility is open for scheduled group visits and events only. An attached parking garage is available on Brevard Street. The 5-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000-square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. For more information, visit nascarhall.com.