Charlotte Race Week Getaway a dream come true for avid fan
Miguel Laranja cannot put a price on his winnings – two round-trip tickets to Charlotte, accommodations, car rental, and best of all, two tickets to the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Race. Those prizes were up for grabs in a sweepstakes presented by Visit Charlotte that ran in the “Racing Fan Guide” in the March 24th edition of the Toronto Sun and garnered over 1,100 entries.
Laranja will travel all the way from his hometown of Concord, Ontario, to Concord, NC, at the end of May for what promises to be an unforgettable experience: a weekend at the Coca-Cola 600. His grand prize comes courtesy of Wingate by Wyndham I-77 Tyvola, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Air Canada, and Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Showing up to claim his prizes in a NASCAR racing jacket and a Lowe’s Motor Speedway hat, Laranja beamed with excitement. He and his two brothers are avid NASCAR fans; they even attended the All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway last year. Now he is faced with the dilemma of which brother he’ll choose to experience the weekend of a lifetime with him.
“This is the first contest I’ve ever won,” said Laranja. “And since I’m a huge NASCAR fan, I couldn’t imagine a better prize! I’m excited to return to Charlotte with one of my brothers to experience one of the greatest races in all of NASCAR.”
Laranja and his guest will enjoy one of the nation’s most prestigious motorsports events, and NASCAR’s only 600-mile event, held annually on Memorial Sunday. And this year (a special one for the nation’s longest race as it marks its 50th running), fans will witness history even before the green flag drops as Coca-Cola and Lowe's Motor Speedway pay tribute to the legends who have made the race one of NASCAR's crown jewels over the last half century.
“The Coca-Cola 600 brings thousands of NASCAR fans and sports enthusiasts to the Charlotte region every year,” says Mike Butts, Executive Director of Visit Charlotte. “We hope Miguel enjoys his stay in the Queen City and takes advantage of the multitude of attractions we have to offer all race fans – from the U.S. National Whitewater Center to Carowinds and the abundant museums in Center City.”
Visit Charlotte, a division of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, has promoted the Charlotte region for over 25 years as a destination for tourists, a host city for meetings and conventions and a site for sporting events. It employs a staff of approximately 40 that includes satellite sales offices in Chicago and Washington, DC.