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Amy Johnson
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amy.johnson@nasa.gov
04.26.10
 
RELEASE : 10-033
 
 
From Rockets to Race Cars, NASA Returns to NASCAR
 
 
HAMPTON, Va. -- Hold on to your hats race fans, NASA is coming to NASCAR.

From better brakes and safer tires to heat-resistant paint and cleaner emissions, NASA's contributions to the racing world will be featured in the traveling exhibit: "From Rockets to Race Cars" the weekend of April 30-May 1 at the Richmond International Raceway.

Over the years, NASA has provided technology that not only helps the racing world, but also improves conditions for all drivers while helping to protect the environment. On display will be a quarter-scale NASA Benefits Race Car as well as a Wheel Exhibit, that includes a NASCAR tire, Shuttle tire, Lunar Rover tire, Lunar Tweel (a non-pneumatic tire/wheel combination) and a Spring Tire allowing fans the opportunity to see, touch and compare the wheels of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Fans will get a shot at NASA Spin the Wheel where they can win prizes if they answer NASA-related questions correctly. A "Rockets to Race Car" photo opportunity will allow visitors to have a photo taken with their own camera in which they look like they are sitting in a NASA Race Car.

To find out what else NASA and NASCAR have in common, check out the exhibit at select NASCAR races through June.

NASA's "From Rockets to Race Cars" will be at the following races:
  • Richmond International Raceway, April 30-May 1
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 29-30
  • Kentucky Speedway, June 11-12.
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