Richmond Calls For The Hall

RICHMOND, Va. - Officials from Henrico County and the Economic Development Authority of Henrico County announced today that they have submitted a letter of intent to NASCAR for the Richmond area to be the future site of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The letter notified NASCAR that a formal proposal will be sent to meet the May 31, 2005 deadline. An organization called Virginians for the NASCAR Hall of Fame is being formed to help the County prepare the proposal. The group is expected to be comprised of business leaders, elected officials, local and state organizations, track employees, members of the media, and racing personalities with ties to Virginia.

The Richmond area also boasts a strong racing history. Professional racing began in Richmond in 1946, two years before NASCAR was formed. In 1953, Richmond International Raceway hosted its first Grand National race, which today is known as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. The track has hosted two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events every year since 1959 and today is one of the most popular stops for fans, drivers, race officials and the media.

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