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Fan Fest 2012 a big success!

Nearly 3,000 fans flooded the parking lot of Joe Gibbs Racing last Friday to celebrate the team at Fan Fest 2012. By 7 a.m., a line circled around the parking lot full of fans waiting to receive a wristband for autographs from each Sprint Cup driver.

Before signing autographs, Cup drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano interacted with the crowd by answering questions with Ms. Sprint Cup on the Dollar General Stage that fans submitted via Facebook and Twitter. Each Sprint Cup driver’s fan club was there, including the driver’s families. Kyle Busch’s wife, Samantha enjoyed handing out gifts and interacted with the crowd throughout the day.

At Fan Fest, JGR fans received autographs not only from the Sprint Cup drivers, but also from JGR Nationwide drivers, Brian Scott, Drew Herring, Michael McDowell, Ryan Truex and Darrell Wallace Jr. Coach Joe Gibbs also gave the fans a fantastic surprise when he walked around Fan Fest signing autographs and taking pictures.

Throughout the day fans enjoyed the dynamic atmosphere of JGR by interacting with our sponsor’s booths and touring the shop. Stations were placed around the shop floor where JGR employees were on hand to explain to tour groups the significance of the parts and technicalities behind the engineering of the cars.

In addition, fans had the opportunity to win NASCAR, JGR and driver affiliated items donated from Mac Tools, Food Lion, Carpenter Technology and other sponsors at the raffle tent. Throughout the day, fans bought $1 tickets to place in the raffle to win assorted items such as NASCAR Hall of Fame passes and autographed memorabilia. All the proceeds from the raffle and the Fan Fest T-shirts sold throughout the day went to Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse.

For the first year in JGR history, Fan Fest included a car show where a combination of 76 cars and motorcycles entered to win prizes. The show brought many unique and timeless cars, but some in particular stood out and Coach Gibbs awarded trophies to the best. Categories included the following: Best in Show, Custom, Best Pick Up, Original, Motorcycle, Muscle, Best Engine and Best Street Rod.

At the center of Fan Fest stood JGR sponsors with activities and gifts for fans. Kids enjoyed the day jumping in Interstate Batteries’ Bounce House, creating their own No. 20 race car at the Home Depot Kids Workshop and playing games to earn prizes at Doosan’s Kid’s Zone.

M&M’s entertained both adults and children by creating an on track experience in their race simulator. Fans also participated in their prize wheel and met live M&M’s characters. Fans raced each other on Food Lion’s remote control race track, challenged their NASCAR knowledge through Strayer University and JGR’s Trivia at the Track app and interacted with Toyota’s Pit Pass transporter.

Photo opportunities were available throughout the day with FedEx’s green screen photo booth that placed fans’ pictures in front of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. DNP had a pit crew photo booth as well. Fans stayed energized through Monster’s energy drinks that they were handing out from their Monster Truck. Fans were also entertained all day by Dollar General’s in house band, The Discounts, who played hits across the decades from Mo-Town to Country.

All of the proceeds from Fan Fest were donated to Operation Christmas Child, which provides shoeboxes filled with gifts to children throughout the world. Those who learned about this gift at Fan Fest have the opportunity to give back by dropping off their boxes at Joe Gibbs Racing to support the national shoebox drive November 12-19.
Thanks for all the fans who came out and made this Fan Fest the best one yet! We look forward to next year and hope you join us for JGR’s Car show and Fan Fest 2013!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and participants who helped make event possible: Interstate Batteries, Dollar General, Toyota, M&M’s, FedEx, Monster, Strayer University, Oakley, Lionel, DNP, Be the Match, Chic-Fil-A, Dooson and Food Lion. We also give a big thank you to all of our volunteers and the local police.



My family and I really enjoyed Fanfest /12. A special day for all us seeing our favourite drivers and the cars. We travel from Canada to Charlotte every year and JGR is one of the highlights of the trip. see you in October.
Allan Speer.