NASCAR is always looking for ways to keep the fans happy. Whether it’s through increased contests, autograph sessions, meet and greets, or simply letting fans get a glimpse of what the average driver does during his week, the sport has tried to become a bit more fan friendly. This year, NASCAR Contenders LiveSM Sponsored by Toyota will make its return to Chicago on September 12 for the second-consecutive year, just days before the first race of the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ at Chicagoland Speedway.
Signaling the start of the most intense and competitive stretch of the NASCAR season, NASCAR Contenders Live features all 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers interacting on stage, providing fans an insider’s look at how the competitors plan to claim the ultimate prize: a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
The event, which was sold out last year, will take place at the Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s famed Navy Pier from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT. If you’re interested in getting a closer look at some of your favorite NASCAR drivers, tickets are now available online.
NASCAR President Mike Helton will also be making a return to NASCAR Contenders Live, offering fans the rare opportunity to ask questions of him in an open forum, prior to the drivers taking the stage. Additionally, Official NASCAR Partner Sprint will be supporting NASCAR Contenders Live by having Miss Sprint Cup at the event interacting with NASCAR fans and drivers.
“In collaboration with Toyota, a long standing Official NASCAR Partner, NASCAR Contenders Live was a rousing success with our fans last year,” said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president of partnership marketing. “The event is unique because it showcases the competitive nature of the top stars in our sport and their passion to be a champion.”
In addition to attending the event, fans can enter the NASCAR Contenders Live Sweepstakes for the chance to win a number of compelling prizes. One grand prize winner will take home a 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Limited, which is newly redesigned for 2014; two tickets to NASCAR Contenders Live; two tickets and VIP passes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15; and $500 travel cash.
Other prizes include: a 2013 NASCAR Contenders Live full-size helmet autographed by the 12 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers; five Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2’s; four SiriusXM Satellite Radios; and four $50 SiriusXM Satellite Radio gift cards.
“We are pleased to partner with NASCAR on the fan favorite NASCAR Contenders Live event taking place on September 12 for the second year in a row in the Windy City,” said Keith Dahl Toyota National Manager of Motorsports and Engagement Marketing. “NASCAR Contenders Live gives Toyota a grand stage on which to connect with the fiercely loyal NASCAR fan base.”
Tickets are still available for Chicagoland Speedway’s remaining summer weekend of NASCAR racing featuring the GEICO 400, Sept. 13-15 by calling 1-888-629-RACE (7223).
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