Sat, May 29, 2010
NASA Plans Presence At The Charlotte Motor Speedway For
What do NASA and NASCAR have in common? Find out this weekend
at one of the most attended sporting events in the world.
From better brakes and safer tires to heat-resistant paint and
cleaner emissions, NASA's contributions to the racing world will be
featured in the traveling exhibit: "From Rockets to Race Cars"
Memorial Day Weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North
Over the years, NASA has provided technology that not only helps
the racing world, but also improves conditions for all drivers
while helping to protect the environment. On display will be a
quarter-scale NASA Benefits Race Car as well as a Wheel Exhibit,
that includes a NASCAR tire, Shuttle tire, Lunar Rover tire, Lunar
Tweel (a non-pneumatic tire/wheel combination) and a Spring Tire
allowing fans the opportunity to see, touch and compare the wheels
of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Fans will get a shot at NASA Spin the Wheel and NASA Plinko
where they can win prizes if they answer NASA-related questions
correctly. A "Rockets to Race Cars" photo opportunity will allow
visitors to have a photo taken with their own camera in which they
look like they are sitting in a NASA Race Car. Race fans can also
get up close and personal with an astronaut suit, space food and
The exhibit has one more planned stop on the NASCAR circuit this
summer. That will be at the Kentucky Speedway, June 11-12.
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