The Tony Stewart “Smoke Show,” a popular motorsports fantasy camp at Texas Motor Speedway hosted by the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, will expand from one to two days in 2010 with a goal of raising $400,000 with Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter.
The expansion plans for this year’s event that is scheduled for Aug. 17-18 were announced Friday by Stewart and TMS President Eddie Gossage during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The “Smoke Show” has been the highest-grossing, single-day fundraising event for the Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter since the concept was spawned from the “Smoke Show” media event with Stewart at TMS in 2007. Since becoming a charity event in 2008, the “Smoke Show” has raised $474,000 in just two years and has been instrumental in SCC-Texas raising $1 million each of the past two years for children in North Texas.
Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas will donate half of the proceeds from the additional day to the Tony Stewart Foundation.
Stewart doesn’t make a guest appearance at the "Smoke Show," but partakes in the event from open to close. Campers have the opportunity to drive actual NASCAR-engineered stock cars on TMS’ 1.5-mile oval and immerse themselves into the entire race-day experience of a NASCAR driver.
The guests arrive to a professional-style locker room with their personalized firesuits hanging in their locker featuring their names above on placards. They will participate in pre- and post-race festivities sandwiched around their driving experience as they partake in pre-race introductions, parade laps and National Anthem to the traditional TMS Victory Lane celebration with the winner’s trophy, six shooters and cowboy hat.
The driving portion consists of two 10-lap sessions on track as well as a thrilling three-lap, two-seater ride with Stewart. Throughout the day, Stewart also shares instruction, tips and a few laughs with the campers. A full breakfast and lunch also is included during the day.
A dinner and live auction will be held the evening of Aug. 17 for both the outgoing and incoming campers. The dinner includes an audience Q&A session with Stewart, auction featuring various memorabilia from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star and an opportunity to get personal items signed by him at the conclusion of the event.
The cost is $6,000 for either day and is tax deductible. Campers also have the opportunity to additionally purchase a limited edition “Smoke Show” painted helmet, racing shoes and guest passes.
To reserve a spot or for additional information, please contact Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter at 817-215-8564 or visit www.scctexas.org.
-- TMS release