Knoxville, Iowa (February 26, 2009) – The off season construction, on the second floor, at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum continues and is on schedule reports Hall of Fame Executive Director, Bob Baker. Baker also comments that “general contractor”, Roberts Construction has assured us that all of our projects will be completed by early April”.
Second floor construction projects include the addition of the Research Center & Library and office for Museum Curator, Tom Schmeh, which has been completed, and the addition of the Pella Corp Hall of Fame and the US Smokeless Tobacco Theatre. The Hall of Fame and Theatre construction is still ongoing but, is expected to be completed, as scheduled, before open night of racing at the Knoxville Raceway. Opening night for the 2009 racing season is Saturday April, 25th.
In addition, A Grand Opening reception, for the new second floor additions, has been scheduled for Friday night May, 1st, the reception is scheduled in conjunction with the Saturday May, 2nd World of Outlaws special at the Knoxville Raceway. The reception that will begin at 7:00 pm and end about 9:00 pm is free to the public. Beverages and snacks will be served and all interested parties are encouraged to attend. Guests will be treated to a viewing of the Pella Corp Hall of Fame, the US Smokeless Tobacco Theatre and the Research Center & Library.
After it’s opening this spring, the Pella Corp Hall of Fame is where visitors will be able to view photographs and the history of all those who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since it opening in 1991. And, after its competition, the US Smokeless Tobacco Theatre will show racing films, documentaries, news reels and short films from past to present, utilizing films and video from the archives of the museum. Private showing may be arranged by calling the Hall of Fame & Museum in advance to schedule screening during normal operating hours. Persons interested in researching the history of sprint car racing, and those who have participated in it are welcome to use the new Research Center & Library and may contact Tom Schmeh, Museum Curator to arrange an appointment to use the research center/library during normal operating hours. The addition of the Pella Corp Hall of Fame and the US Smokeless Tobacco Theatre was made possible by generous contributions to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum by: Pella Corp and US Smokeless Tobacco.
In addition to the new Pella Corp Hall of Fame, the US Smokeless Tobacco Theatre and the Research Center & Library, the second floor is also home to the second floor club house area. This area is available for meetings, banquets and receptions with accommodations for groups up to 150 people. The club house area is heated/air conditioned and is equipped with a P.A. system, closed circuit & cable TV, wireless internet and is fully handicapped accessible including elevators and restrooms. This area is also available to members and supporters, on race nights for all 2009 racing events held at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Events include the weekly Knoxville Championship Cup Series, World of Outlaw Sprint Car events, the 8th annual USAC Midget Nationals, the Masters Classic, the Harris Clash for Late Models, Modifieds & SportMods, the 19th annual 360 Knoxville Nationals, the 49th annual 410 Knoxville Nationals, the USAC 410 non-wing Sprint Car Nationals and the 6th annual Knoxville Late Model Nationals.
For additional information about the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and its displays and activities, call: (641)-842-6176 or log on to its web site at: www.sprintcarhof.com