Concord, N.C. — If you're up for a drive or plan to be anywhere near Charlotte this summer, you might want to put this on your list.
Starting July 15, Charlotte Motor Speedway is launching Speedway Drive-In events—weekly Wednesday night drive-in movies with flicks screened on the venue's 16,000-square-foot screen in the infield of the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
The series will kick off on July 15 with "The Sandlot" and continue with "Ice Age: Continental Drift" on July 22. Future films will be announced at a later date.
“Providing great, family-friendly entertainment is in our DNA, and with one of the largest HD screens in the world, drive-in movies are a logical fit,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter in a press release. “Drive-in movies are not only nostalgic and fun, but also a great way to practice proper social distancing when entertainment options are limited. We look forward to welcoming back returning fans and inviting new guests to experience Charlotte Motor Speedway for the very first time through this drive-in movie series. While we are all eager to hear those famous words in motorsports to start engines, until then you can’t go wrong with ‘You’re killing me, Smalls!’ on the big screen!”
Gates open at 5 p.m. each Wednesday night, with movies scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., according to the press release. Movie-goers will enter the infield at Gate 26 (under the Turn 3 tunnel) and be directed to parking in front of the giant Speedway TV.
Restrooms will be open, but attendees are asked to otherwise stay in their vehicles for the duration of the event to remain physically distanced from other groups. Concessions will not be sold, but guests can bring their own food. Tickets cost $30 per car and are available through Ticketmaster.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is a little over two hours from Raleigh.