Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, Rep. Mike Barnes and Sen. John Douglas will host the 3rd Annual Atlanta Motor Speedway Day on Wednesday, March 16, at the Georgia State Capitol. Fans are invited and encouraged to attend and show their support for Atlanta¿s racing industry.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup legend Bill Elliott and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Bill Lester and Terry Cook will be on hand for the day¿s festivities, which will include a fan zone of showcars, simulators and displays on the south perimeter of the Capitol. The public is invited to attend this midway of activity at the Capitol. Due to time constraints, there will not be any autograph sessions with the drivers.

Gov. Perdue will host a news conference at 10 a.m. on the north steps inside the State Capitol building downtown. In addition to the NASCAR drivers, Mark Lazarus (President of Turner Entertainment Group) and Blake Davidson (NASCAR Managing Director for Licensed Products) will also speak at the news conference about the possibility of bringing the NASCAR Hall of Fame to downtown Atlanta.

Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race weekends contribute $455 million annually to the Atlanta economy ¿ more than the combined total of all other sporting events in the city. Atlanta¿s races also attract fans from all 50 states and as many as a dozen nations, while another 10 million fans tune in worldwide.