CONCORD, NC (October 10, 2012) – Race fans young and old can listen to a “Turtle Powered” family broadcast of the Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. A team of prominent NASCAR broadcasters will share the announcing duties with their sons and daughters for a one-of-a-kind production that families are sure to enjoy.
In addition to all of the on-track action of the Bank of America 500, fans will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Nickelodeon’s animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television show through interviews with the actors behind the famous turtle voices and more.
Celebrities who will be interviewed on the broadcast include:
Sean Astin, Rob Paulsen, and Greg Cipes; the voices behind the Series’ stars Raphael, Donatello, and Michaelangelo, respectively.
Series executive producer, Ciro Nieli and Nickelodeon Senior Vice President, Rich Magallanes.
Special guest commentators include:
Scott Joy, son of Gaye and Mike Joy and driver of the No. 17 Sunoco Bandolero in the Outlaw class at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout Series. Scott will join his Father Mike, lead anchor for Fox Sports’ NASCAR broadcast team, to kick things off.
Next up will be former NASCAR, CART and IMSA driver John Andretti and his son, third generation racecar driver and Carolina Motorsports TaG track champion, Jarrett Andretti.
Then it’s former NASCAR crew chief and current Fox Sports race analyst Larry McReynolds and his daughters Brooke and Kendall McReynolds.
SPEED Channel pit reporter Bob Dillner and his son Blaise Diller, an up-and-coming Bandolero racer, and daughter Meghan Dillner, an experienced driver and Appalachian State student, will be next in the booth.
Pit reporters for the broadcast will be Ford Martin, son of NASCAR crew chief Gil Martin, and 14-year-old Pro All Star Series driver Gray Gaulding.
“I think it’s awesome what is being done here on Saturday night with the broadcast of the Sprint Cup Series Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway. What a cool idea,” said FOX analyst, Larry McReynolds. “Considering what I do for a living, broadcasting the races for FOX, SPEED and TNT, to be able to do a part of this broadcast with my 2 daughters, Brooke and Kendall, I cannot wait. They came into this world a part of the NASCAR community, so to share with them what I do each week is great and we cannot wait until Saturday night.”
This “Turtle Powered” special presentation will be available on track scanner frequency 454.500 and at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
For fans at the track, Charlotte Motor Speedway is offering special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles race scanner rentals for just $19.95. Call 704-455-FANS for more information.
About the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nickelodeon launches an all-new, CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. (ET/PT) in a special one-hour television event, bringing the turtles up from the sewers with the mythology and comedic sensibility for a new generation of fans. The series stars Jason Biggs (American Pie) as “Leonardo,” Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as “Raphael,” Rob Paulsen (Planet Sheen) as “Donatello” and Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) as “Michelangelo.” Additional cast members rounding out this iconic hit franchise include Mae Whitman (Parenthood) as “April O’Neil,” Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as “Master Splinter” and Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as “Shredder.” The half-hour weekly series is layered with action, fantasy and comedy and draws inspiration from both American and Japanese animation, showcasing a stylistic effect of a printed comic. Teenage M utant Ninja Turtles will air regularly on Saturdays at 11 a.m. (ET/PT).
Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B). For more information on the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series premiere, visit http://nickpress.com/tmnt.
About Charlotte Motor Speedway
For more than 50 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard for motorsports entertainment for fans of all ages. Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only race vacation destination where fans can immerse themselves in the heart of NASCAR country. Visitors can attend one-of-a-kind race spectacles such as the Bank of America 500, the Coca-Cola 600 and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race; take behind-the-scenes speedway and race shop tours; explore the new NASCAR Hall of Fame; and drive an 800-horsepower stock car.
The Bank of America 500 is the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Adding to the drama and excitement, the event also serves as a homecoming for drivers and race teams, 90 percent of which are based within a two-hour drive of the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway.
For ticket and camping information, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267). To stay up to date with everything going on at the Greatest Place to See the Race, log on to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.