CARS 3 “Road to the Races” Tour Rolls into Charlotte

Do you have any CARS fans in your house? We sure do in our house. The girls, Jacka, and Gray Baby all have a joint love for Disney World and CARS. Go ahead and gather all your CARS fans because you will not want to miss this FREE event at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week.

CARS 3, the newest film in the smash-hit franchise, is hitting the road this Spring with a “Road to the Races” tour in select cities across the country. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightening McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson), tech-savvy Cruz Ramirez (voice of (voice of Cristela Alonzo), and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm (voice of Armie Hammer) will be rolling into the Charlotte Motor Speedway to celebrate the new movie, which opens in theatres nationwide on June 16, 2017. With Charlotte’s rich history of racing, there is no better place to gear up for the release of CARS 3 than at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

CARS 3 “Road to the Races” tour is free and open to the public! Fans will have the opportunity to:

– Take photos with the “stars” of the movie – Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Strong

– Participate in a host of family-friendly activities

– Race pit crew tire-changing simulation

– Sample high-octane smoothies

– Interactive play area featuring locations from the movie

– Get a first look of the new movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater.


Alamo Rent A Car is hosting a street art booth and will bring “Cars 3” to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends, along with a color pencil pack souvenir. Owned and operated by Enterprise Holdings, Alamo Rent A Car offers low rental rates and a hassle-free customer experience at the most popular travel destinations around the world.

Coppertone® is creating a racer pit crew that encourages visitors to take part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity. A leader in the sun care industry, Coppertone is made by Bayer HealthCare, LLC.

Crest® and Oral-B® celebrate the Road to the Races tour, providing fans with an opportunity to create a digital postcard with Lightning McQueen and get “Cars”-themed oral care products. Crest and Oral-B are the first step to enjoying a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Dole®, the leader in fresh, quality produce, invites visitors to fuel up and recharge their batteries, sample high-octane fruit and vegetable smoothies, collect “Cars 3”-inspired recipes and discover how Dole and Disney are working together to make healthy living fun and easy for families. To see more of Dole’s exciting promotions around summer family fun, visit

Mattel presents an interactive play area, which sends Lightning McQueen and other racers down the gravity drop and launches them into action in new play sets that feature locations from the movie. Also on display will be a collection of die cast racers from past and present. Mattel is the leading global childhood development and play company.

Again, fans will be able to catch a sneak peek of the movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater. Visitors will also be able to take photos with the life-size character cars. In addition, the sports national youth program NASCAR Acceleration Nation will display the science behind NASCAR racing, and elements from the NASCAR Hall of Fame will allow attendees to get up close and personal with the history of NASCAR.


‘Frozen’ Playing on the Big Screen at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Fans who haven’t made it out to Charlotte Motor Speedway to see the all-new light display at Speedway Christmas have even more reason this week to make room on their calendar for the biggest and brightest light show around.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Christmas Lights

All week leading up to Christmas, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than a trip through the 3 million lights and bustling Christmas village that make Speedway Christmas a can’t-miss family tradition. Here are a few of the highlights fans will enjoy this week:

Frozen Playing on the Big Screen Every Night

The hit Disney film “Frozen” will be playing on the enormous, 16,000-square-foot big screen HDTV in the infield every night this week (excluding Christmas Day). There’s no better way to watch the already-classic story than at Speedway Christmas, drive-in style. Families can enjoy the movie from the warmth of their cars by tuning their car radios to 101.5 FM to hear the film’s audio.

Pictures With Santa, Ice Princess

In addition to snapping a photo with Santa (through Dec. 24), fans will also have the opportunity to interact with an ice princess every night this week, except Christmas Day. Fans can find the princess in the Christmas village. Don’t miss out on a special chance to take a photo with the royal guest.

Christmas Village Open All Week

The lively Christmas village will extend its holiday hours and be open every night throughout Christmas week, except Christmas Day. Fans can experience the real-life feeling of ancient Bethlehem, visit friendly animals at the petting zoo, make their own commemorative crafts in the Elves’ Workshop, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, roast marshmallows and so much more.

Last Chance to Visit Santa Claus

Christmas is getting closer, but it’s still not too late for fans to make sure Santa knows what’s on their wish list. Speedway Christmas visitors can meet Santa every night through Christmas Eve to make sure they’ve made the nice list. Fans will even have the chance to snap a photo with the jolly ol’ elf before his big night!

Speedway Christmas is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Day. Tickets are available online or at the gate. Admission at the gate is $25 per car through Christmas Eve. Group rates are available.

Need details? Call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.

Enjoy over 3 million lights this year at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte Motor Speedway is excited to bring the holidays to life this winter season with the return of Carolina Christmas, a spectacular drive-through Christmas light park and village located at the legendary super speedway. I had the honor of attending last year and we had an absolute blast, and now it is going to be even bigger. Who knew it could happen?

Open nightly from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31 – 6pm to 9pm, excluding Christmas Day, Carolina Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway even bigger and better in its second year, with an expanded route of nearly five miles, more than 3 million LED lights in 600 displays and double the drive-the-track experience with a one-mile cruise around the track. Carolina Christmas also offers a Christmas Village with a realistic Bethlehem-themed village, a Festival of Trees, photos with Santa and areas with food and music.

My husband was very giddy when he was able to drive on the race track last year. He may or may not have squalled a tire. So you know this is a trip for the entire family to enjoy. Tickets start out as low as $20 per single car load up to 8 people. Incredible deal with all the activities you get to participate in.

This year, a new feature is being added to the Christmas festivities – The Inaugural Boulevard of Lights. Hotels will light up Bruton Smith Boulevard, welcoming holiday guests to celebrate the season! Perimeter lighting totaling almost 3 miles in length will adorn the hotel rooftops for the holiday season. Light pole decorations and banners will extend from the intersection of Derita Road and Concord Mills Boulevard to the intersection of Bruton Smith Boulevard and Highway 29 in front of Charlotte Motor Speedway, creating a festive Christmas corridor.

WIN – $500 Simon American Express Gift Card

For a chance to win a $500 Simon American Express Gift Card from Concord Mills Mall, guests are invited to visit any four of the seven participating holiday partners between November 23 and December 16 and get the corresponding ornament on the Christmas tree punched. The participants are the Cabarrus County CVB, Concord Mills, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sam Bass Gallery, Reed Gold Mine, Punchy’s Diner and Cabarrus Creamery.

Also don’t forget you can pair these fun festivities with a visit to Great Wolf Lodge Snowland. During Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge, the magic continues with a life-size Gingerbread house, daily snow shows inside the Grand Lobby, special appearances by Santa and Great Clock Tower Holiday Show with Rowdy the Reindeer. Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge runs from December 3-25.

What are you waiting on? Start planning your fun Christmas visit to Concord, NC. You will be glad you did. I will be back reporting on each of these festivities throughout the month of December, so stay tuned!

Merry Christmas!

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