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NASCAR’s Carolina Hot Spots: Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing

January 20, 2010

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Formed when both Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Chip Ganassi Racing found it difficult to secure sponsorships, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, with Felix Sabates, is one of the most unassuming stops along the NASCAR race shop circuit. If it weren’t for the smaller sign embedded near the grassy lot entrance, you’d never know you were heading towards the race shop of the #42 Target car driven by Juan Pablo Montoya, and the #1 Bass Pro Shops car driven by Jamie McMurray.

The interior of the facility is very simple, greeted with one of Montoya’s cars as you walk inside. There’s nothing flashy going on here beyond a few trophies; however there is one aspect of this shop that makes it quite unique.

Upon walking in you’re hit with a large glass wall allowing you a great view of the shop itself. The better view is just on the other side. As you walk into the gift shop you’re directed to another entrance leading out to the viewing platform, raised some six to ten feet above the floor. Being on the other side of the glass, this gives one the most unique, not to mention completely unobstructed, view of their facility. Every clang of the wrench, every buzz, every sound of the mechanics hard at work to make their drivers more competitive, to me, enhances the experience.

There isn’t a lot going on with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing facility. The showroom floor is as humble as it gets, but the viewing platform here is where the action really is. It’s a couple of minutes away from Rousch-Fenway in Concord, North Carolina, and the unobstructed view of the facility makes visiting this shop worthwhile.

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