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Darlington Raceway’s Turn 3 And Turn 1 Tunnels To Honor Historical Past

Darlington Raceway’s Turn 3 And Turn 1 Tunnels To Honor Historical Past

by March 25, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Darlington Raceway PR

By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

On Wednesday, Darlington Raceway announced that prior to this year’s running of the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 and the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend, the Turn 3 vehicle and Turn 1 pedestrian tunnels will feature unique branding honoring the past of the historic facility.

The two tunnels will now not only be an entrance into the track Too Tough To Tame, but they will now be an aspect of the museum and tour schedule experience. Darlington Raceway is predicting all of the artwork to be completed by the beginning of April this year.

“The tunnels will capture the history and celebrate the champions of Darlington Raceway,” Darling Raceway President, Chip Wile said. “So many memorable moments in NASCAR history were made here. This is a great way to share with our fans the significant times that occurred at the track Too Tough To Tame.”

As vehicles pass through the Turn 3 tunnel, they’ll be greeted by a 9 foot tall, 225 foot wide graphic on both sides. Historical moments starting with the 1950’s when the Lady In Black first began hosting events through the 1980’s will be featured on one side of the tunnel. The other side will feature the 1990’s to now.

“These tunnels aren’t something that will only be open on race weekend,” Wile said. “We want our fans to spend time enjoying these areas all year long. They were created with them in mind.”

The Turn 1 pedestrian tunnel that opens to the road separating the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage and the Jim Hunter Media Center will feature all 111 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners since the inaugural event in 1950. The “Walk of Champions” features the date, name of driver and a photo with each victory. Kevin Harvick is set to unveil his spot in the tunnel come race weekend. The unveiling will be an annual occurrence for each future Bojangles’ Southern 500 winner.

Designing and installation of the unique graphics will be a collaborative effort between Darlington Raceway, the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) that’s headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., B2B Media Inc. in Greenville, S.C. and Motorsports Designs. The idea behind the installation will be similar to the graphics featured in the Turn 1 tunnel at Daytona International Speedway, also owned by ISC.

For ticket information for the NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on Saturday, September 5 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sunday, September 6, visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or by calling 866-459-7223.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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