Richmond, VA (July 19, 2011)—NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace wowed the crowd with his humor and infectious laugh aboard the Annapolitan II, while guiding a tour boat through the Baltimore Inner Harbor today. Buoyed by an unparalleled outgoing personality, Wallace narrated the sightseeing tour that included Federal Hill, the city skyline, Fells Point and the USS Constellation (photos attached).
[media-credit name=”rir.com” align=”alignright” width=”224″][/media-credit]With the help of social media, Wallace and Richmond International Raceway announced the unique boat tour, inviting fans to come out. During the tour, Wallace remained active on Twitter, tweeting pictures of himself and fans, as well as the boat crew.
“I was tweeting so many pictures, I basically created a slide show of the tour for our followers who couldn’t be here with us today,” said Wallace.
In town to promote the NASCAR “One Last Race to Make The Chase” weekend at Richmond International Raceway September 9-10, Wallace talked about his love for America’s Premier Short Track.
“I tell all the fans throughout the United States, if not the world, that the number one racetrack on the whole NASCAR circuit is Richmond International Raceway,” said Wallace. “Ask any driver; it’s the number one racetrack. And the reason it’s the best track in our series is because it’s a short track, the racing is in your face, and you can watch all the drivers bang off one another; watch the smoke fly; the smoke comes off their tires. The action is so close you feel like you can reach out and touch them.”
Following the tour, several fans joined Wallace and Richmond International Raceway for lunch at Grilled Cheese & Co., where they created a special sandwich for the day, the Hermanator, a grilled turkey and provolone sandwich with honey Dijon and pickles.
“This is a great sandwich, I sure hope they bring it down to Richmond International Raceway for the September NASCAR weekend so fans can enjoy it too,” said Wallace.
NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway, just a short trip from Baltimore, for a doubleheader weekend September 9-10. Tickets for the Saturday, September 10, Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at $45 in advance and can be purchased at www.rir.com or by calling the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 866-455-7223.
The weekend begins Friday, September 9, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race. Friday’s ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-7223.
About Richmond International Raceway:
Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com online. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider.