Get Your Heart Racing in Mooresville
If you are a race fan, then you have to make plans to spend at least a weekend in Mooresville, NC otherwise known as Race City USA! Whether you want to go behind the scenes at shops as they prepare for a race, or take a look back at the history of racing at one of our auto museums, or satisfy your inner speed demon at our world class go-kart track, there are plenty of attractions to keep you entertained. Take a look below at some of what Mooresville, Race City USA, has for the ultimate race fan!
Some of Racing’s Greatest Call Mooresville Home
With names like Penske and Earnhardt calling Mooresville home to their headquarters, it’s easy to see why we are known as Race City USA. There are many race shops in town, but there are a few that shouldn’t be missed.
Jr. Motorsports – At the shop of one of NASCAR’s most beloved drivers, fans can browse racing memorabilia and watch mechanics preparing Xfinity Series cars for upcoming races. Browse the displays for signed helmets and trophies, or pick up some cool merchandise in the gift shop.
Team Penske – The campus that houses Team Penske’s racing teams is as impressive as their racing program. Within two buildings totaling more than 424,000 square feet, every detail supports the Penske philosophy – performance paired with style. Inside, fans will find a nearly 5,000 square foot gift shop and a 432-foot fan walk above the garage floor that allows fans to watch crews preparing the cars. More than 1,000 linear feet of graphics outlines the organization’s racing history.
Kyle Busch Motorsports – The corporate headquarters for one of NASCAR’s more colorful drivers is home to his Truck Series vehicles. There is a large display of trophies, cars, firesuits and more, as well as a 15-foot TV wall running video of some of Kyle’s memorable moments. The retail store has a large selection of shirts, hats and other memorabilia.
Dive Deep into Motorsports History
For a truly unique experience, walk among Legends and Kings at the NC Auto Racing Walk of Fame in downtown Mooresville. Stroll along the sidewalk plaques and snap photos of your favorite inductees’ markers, including Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, and Tony Stewart. Afterward, head to the NC Auto Racing Hall of Fame. a museum dedicated to preserving the history of all motorsports. There is an impressive display of vehicles, from drag racing cars to stock cars, as well as a theater where fans can catch videos on the history of NASCAR.
For everything that is historical and automotive, head over to Memory Lane Museum, where more than 150 vehicles are on display. Honored for “outstanding achievement in the preservation of automotive history” by the Antique Automobile Club of America, the museum boasts more than 15 different types of race cars, as well as pedal cars, motorcycles, tractors and more. The museum also features cars and props used in movies, tv shows, documentaries, commercials, and tv appearances.
Channel Your Inner Speed Demon
If touring race shops and learning about racing’s greatest moments in history has you all fired up to get behind the wheel, head over to GoPro Motorplex for a racing experience you won’t forget! Modeled after a famous kart track in Parma, Italy, the 0.7-mile facility features rental karts that reach speeds up to 55 miles per hour. You can test your skills on the same track that hosts some of the largest professional karting series races in the country. Be sure to ask for a helmet cam so you can have footage of your race to show your friends!