Talladega Superspeedway announced today that the crowd for this weekend’s GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be comprised of fans from 24 countries across five continents -- North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia -- including each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
The longest haul to attend the event will be by a group of fans from Australia, who will travel more than 9,300 miles to attend.
“Our race fans are passionate,” said Talladega Chairman Grant Lynch. “This just proves what they will do to witness the incredible racing and fan experience that Talladega Superspeedway offers. It is so true that when we say ‘This is more than a race, this is Talladega,’ our fans know it first-hand.”
More than 70 percent of the track’s fan base comes from outside of the state of Alabama, generating more than $380 million annually for Alabama tourism. The weekend kicks off Friday with practice sessions for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and NASCAR XFINITY Series Winn-Dixie 300, along with as practice, qualifying and a 5 pm green flag for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event. The evening concludes with the “Big One on the Blvd” Mardi Gras-style parade, which will feature NASCAR drivers and fan competitions on the track’s infield Talladega Blvd.
Saturday’s slate includes qualifying for the GEICO 500 and Winn-Dixie 300, followed by the start of the Winn-Dixie 300 at 2 p.m. The day concludes in the evening with the track’s traditional infield concert featuring country music maverick Chase Rice, along with Buddy Brown and Dee Jay Silver. The concert is free with the purchase of a Sunday GEICO 500 admission ticket.