Kentucky Speedway Opens its Gates for Fun-Filled Ford Fan Day April 27
Kentucky Speedway's free Ford Fan Day will give visitors a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the 107,000-seat venue while enjoying live music, activities, giveaways, food and INEX U.S. Legends International racing on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fans will be able to tour the media center, garages, owner’s suite, press box and campgrounds, have their photo taken in Victory Lane, see Fire and Safety Team demonstrations on pit road and walk the speedway’s 1.5-mile tri-oval track. Guests also will be able to learn more about the speedway from General Manager Mark Simendinger during "Ask the GM" question-and-answer sessions at noon and 2 p.m. Visitors will be able to talk racing with local media during insightful Racing Roundtable chats at 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
The Raceway Ministries Kids Zone will be filled with activities such as face painting, Hot Wheels car racing, a pit stop tire challenge, inflatables and petting zoo with 20 animals from Honey Hill Farms.
INEX U.S Legends International racing will take to the paved quarter-mile track at 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. Fans can meet Legends drivers during an autograph session at 1:30 p.m., and experience the tight turns of the quarter-mile track first-hand by taking 10-lap ride-alongs in a Legends car for $50 or Bandolero car for $40. Children must be at least eight years old to ride in a Bandolero and at least 14 years old to ride in a Legends car. Registrations will be taken at the Legends trailer on event day.
Rising artist Andy Velo will entertain guests with his sound that mixes classical country with country rock at 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The Georgia musician scored his first radio hit in 2010 with “Hank It Up,” which reached the Top 60 on the Music Row chart. Velo has shared stages with country music giants Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Chris Young.
Regional attraction Jetset Getset will bring its upbeat country music creations to the main stage at 11 a.m. The popular Indiana trio was recently honored with a "Who New to Watch in 2013" mention by the Country Music Association (CMA) and is touring to support its single, "Saturday Night," which is being played on radio stations nationwide.
Ford Fan Day will set the stage for the first of two Kentucky Speedway event weekends. The season opens with a NASCAR tripleheader featuring the June 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400, June 28 Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300 and June 27 Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225. Racing continues in September when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns Sept. 21 for a 300-mile tilt. ARCA Racing Series (ARS) action opens the weekend with a 150-mile event on Sept. 20. The race will be the series’ first at the venue since 2009 and its 20th all-time appearance appearance on the 1.5-mile Kentucky tri-oval.
The complete Ford Fan Day schedule is available at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/fans/ford_fan_day.
Tickets, campsites and infield Fan Zone passes that provide great access such as a stage-side view of the Quaker State 400 prerace concert with country music sensation Billy Currington, pit road access and more are available now at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/tickets, (859) 578-2300 or the Kentucky Speedway offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086. The ticket office is open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.