AMS Opens Grandstands Free Of Charge To Irma Evacuees For Saturday Legends Races
Atlanta Motor Speedway is inviting Hurricane Irma evacuees staying on property during the storm - and any interested local residents - to watch tomorrow's quarter-mile Legends and Bandolero races from the grandstands free of charge.
Though the previously scheduled off-season races are not typically a ticketed event for spectators, AMS will open the grandstands beginning at 11 a.m. to offer a free entertainment option while evacuees await the arrival - and departure - of the hurricane, while staying on property.
"We feel for our fellow people going through some difficult times right now, and we want to do whatever we can to take some of the stress off of them," said Ed Clark, AMS president. "We've decided to open the grandstands and let the people on property come and watch the races. We've even changed the name to the Irma 300. We got that name because a usual day of double-feature Legends racing is about 300 laps.
"If anything, maybe we can provide a little entertainment, and maybe a small distraction, at a difficult time."
The scheduled lineup for tomorrow's on-track action includes double feature races across eight divisions, with drivers ranging from grade-school-aged beginners all the way up to veterans at the pro level. Concessions and restroom facilities will be open inside the venue during the event, and guests should enter through Gate 13.
Atlanta Motor Speedway opened its unreserved camping facilities - as well as its Rinnai Shower Station camper bathhouse - free of charge to evacuees fleeing the path of Hurricane Irma yesterday morning and has already welcomed several dozen guests seeking temporary refuge while they ride out the storm.
The Speedway is equipped to handle thousands of campers during its annual NASCAR race weekend and still has plenty of room for evacuees arriving from Florida and the East Coast.
Those interested in RV or tent camping at Atlanta Motor Speedway should enter the facility at Entrance "E" off GA Highway 19/41 if traveling southbound. The Unreserved Campgrounds will be on the left. If arriving from I-75 and GA Highway 20, campers should see signs to AMS and follow Lower Woolsey road to Entrance "H" and the Speedway Credential Building. Make a right into Speedway property and then another immediate right onto Richard Petty Boulevard. Follow Richard Petty Boulevard and turn left into Entrance "G." The campgrounds will be on the right.
For on-site assistance or directions, visit the ticket office/gift store building. Atlanta Motor Speedway is located approximately 25 miles south of Atlanta on GA Highway 19/41 and approximately eight miles west of I-75 off of GA Highway 20.
For more information, contact Atlanta Motor Speedway at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.