Millington, TN (May 8, 2013) May 8th marks an important day in Memphis International Raceway’s history. Today MIR welcomes Rusty Wallace, 55 time race winner, 2013 NASCAR Hall Of Fame inductee and one of the greatest stock car drivers to ever strap on a helmet. Rusty joins us to introduce the Rusty Wallace Racing and Kart Experiences with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration. MIR is pleased to announce a 5 year agreement with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. “We are thrilled to extend a welcome to our facility and community,” said Pam Kendrick Vice President and General Manager Memphis International Raceway. “The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience has made a long term commitment to MIR and by extension, our community. It is nice to see that recognized by the Millington Area, South Tipton and Greater Memphis Area Chambers of Commerce along with many civic and community leaders and media present to provide a warm welcome,” said Kendrick.
“We are extremely excited to bring the Rusty Wallace brand of motorsports entertainment to MIR, we have just finished construction on over 10,000 square feet of garage space and our kart slick track is now finished. The second kart course is underway in the infield for people’s enjoyment. You combine that with the thrill of driving a real NASCAR style racecar on the oval and we feel we have something for everyone in the community,” said Mark Ebert President of the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. “RWRE operates at over 40 racetracks nationwide, but MIR is our first permanent facility. The flexibility to run here daily by appointment for small groups either in the racecars or karts really drew us to Memphis, the facility has really come back to life and we are very motivated to be a big part of leading racing back to the forefront in the greater Memphis area. We will be running tremendous specials as we get started, and encourage people to call us to see just how affordable the thrill of racing will be in Memphis,” said Ebert.
The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience is a personal, adrenaline filled experience of a lifetime on the three-quarter mile paved oval at Memphis International Raceway. No racing experience is necessary. Drivers must be 18 years old and have a valid drivers’ license. Riders must be 14 years old and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Each level of experience has a target speed, and the speeds will vary according to a driver’s individual performance. The goal of the Rusty Wallace Driving Experience is provide the novice to the most knowledgeable race fan with an unforgettable authentic racing experience. You may reserve your time on the track for the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience any of the scheduled dates or by special appointment by calling 855-22-RUSTY (855-227-8789) or visit www.racewithrusty.com.
Scheduled Rusty Wallace Racing Experience dates:
May 11, 2013, May 18-19, 2013, June 1-2, 2013, June 8-9, 2013, June 29-30, 2013, July 27-28, 2013, August 17-18, 2013, September 21-22, 2013, September 28-29, 2013, November 2-3, 2013, November 9-10, 2013
The Rusty Wallace Karting Experience uses Sodikart, the best name in arrive and drive rental karts. Adult racers will drive the newest entry into the Sodi ranks; the state of the art Sodi RT8 powered by Honda GX 270cc engines. The SODI RT8 is the standard by which all other karts are measured, from the latest in frame and suspension technology to a state of the art ultra-modern design these karts are built for speed and precision handling. The RWKE karts are equipped with wrap around upholstery to hold the racer in place on those high G-Force corners; they have adjustable pedals and steering columns for comfort and amazing speed.
Children 8 years of age or older and a least 42 inches tall drive the Sodi LR4 platform, a scaled down version of the adult kart. The same great technology and performance are built into the kart. This kart is the perfect combination of safety, speed and performance for the little racer. The Rusty Wallace Karting Experience will be open every Friday from 4-8pm, Saturdays from 3-7 pm and Sundays from 3-7pm starting with Friday May 31st. It is also open by appointment for birthday parties, corporate and small group outings.
“We are proud to have the MIR brand associated with the legendary Rusty Wallace and the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. Their commitment to Memphis International Raceway is vital as we enhance and grow MIR’s racing program. Not only are the adding great excitement to the action at Memphis International Raceway, but they are improving the quality of life in our community by providing additional recreational and economic opportunities,” said Pam Kendrick, Vice President and General Manager at Memphis International Raceway. “We have one of the most versatile and premier motorsport and entertainment facilities and it is my goal to continue to build valuable relationships like the one with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience will allow us to expand our schedule and racing facilities,” said Pam Kendrick, Vice-President of MIR. “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has a need for speed. I encourage every race fans young and old to try the experience. An authentic NASCAR racing experience where you can drive or ride along in a real, current stock car and a real NASCAR champion is an experience you will never forget and the Karting is great fun for the whole family,” said Kendrick.