Tips for Your First Time at a Race

Are you a motorsports newbie? Don’t worry! We have all of the information you need to ensure you have a great first experience that will keep you coming back for more. On race day, we suggest you do the following:

  1. Arrive Early
    There are a ton of pre-race activities your whole family will not want to miss out on, including a play zone, food trucks, and a rock climbing wall.
  2. Wear Layers
    The Carolina sun in the afternoon can be scorching, but by the time the evening rolls around it can cool off pretty quickly. Be prepared by dressing in breathable layers or bringing along a jacket for later in the race.
  3. Stay Hydrated
    Pack a cooler with a ton of drinks and snacks to prevent heat exhaustion. Bring water bottles for the whole family, but if you run out, you can purchase from our many concession stands and food vendors. The only restriction is your cooler cannot be bigger than 14x14x14 inches, and you can’t bring any glass bottles or containers.
  4. Wear Sunscreen
    Load up the whole family with sunscreen before you arrive, and pack a tube to reapply throughout the day to prevent sunburn.
  5. Catch a Fan Shuttle
    Charlotte Motor Speedway provides fan shuttles from all of the parking lots to help you get straight to the action.
  6. Explore the Speedway for Fun Activities
    Outside of the race, Charlotte Motor Speedway has a ton of fun activities going on, like shopping, sponsor displays, and special food vendors. Be sure to check the maps around the speedway so you don’t miss out!
  7. Rent a Scanner
    One of the fun parts about motorsports is the ability to listen to the drivers and their pit crews throughout the race. If you want to get in on the action, visit a booth at the speedway to rent a scanner.
  8. Download the Charlotte Motor Speedway App
    There’s a ton of race day information on the Charlotte Motor Speedway website and at their customer service area, but if you download their app you’ll have all of that information right at your fingertips — and updated in real time. It’s the best way to stay informed on race day.
  9. Upgrade Your Ticket
    Visit one of the ticket booths at Charlotte Motor Speedway to upgrade your ticket for stage-front access at the pre-race concerts.
  10. Pick up a Pit Pass
    Pit passes get fans infield access, entrance to special driver appearances, and so much more. Visit a ticket booth at the speedway to pick up yours.