Motorsports Alumni Chapter to Present 'Tire Talk'

Friday, May 3, 2013

CHARLOTTE – May 2, 2013 - The UNC Charlotte Motorsports Alumni Chapter and the William States Lee College of Engineering will hold “Tire Talk: A Drive Down Memory Lane” at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 19, in the EPIC Building.  The event is being held to honor the memory of the late NASCAR champion, Alan Kulwicki and the scholarship that bears his name.

A panel featuring members of Alan Kulwicki’s pit crew will share personal stories and reflections of what it was like to work with the 1992 NASCAR champion. The host of Speed Channel programs NASCAR Raceday and NASCAR Victory Lane, John Roberts, will emcee the event.

The cost to attend this public event, is $7 until May 10, $14 between May 10-18 and $20 at the door. Seating for the event starts at 2:30 p.m.

A cocktail reception and dinner will follow the panel and is also open to the public to attend.  Tickets can be purchased for $77, on-line at Tire Talk (seating will be limited). One pit crew member will be seated at each table and the featured speaker will be racing industry icon, Humpy Wheeler.

“Kulwicki’s pit crew members are charismatic and will share some amazing anecdotes about working with Kulwicki.  The dinner also promises to be a special event with Humpy Wheeler sharing some of his thoughts and memories,” said President of UNC Charlotte Motorsports Alumni Chapter Ryan Zeck. 

The first Kulwicki scholarship was established in 1994 through the generosity of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and is awarded annually to new freshman. In 2009, the Kulwicki family contributed $1.9 million to support the Motorsports engineering program in the William States Lee College of Engineering.

Sponsors of “Tire Talk” include Dayton Progress Racing Products & Services; Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation; Optima Engineering; Crowder Construction Company; and Tom Johnson Camping.

Registration information is on the Alumni Association website.

Visit the Kulwicki Scholarship site for more information.

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Event Honors NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki and Memorial Scholarship