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Museum works to preserve racing history: Memory Lane Museum works to preserve the history of auto racing, especially collecting memorabilia from stock car racing's early years. The museum, which opened in 2001 in Mooresville, also sponsors auto shows and has loaned out its cars for Hollywood movies like "Leatherheads" and "Talladega Nights." The Museum paired with Racers Reunion to induct its second class of drivers into the Hall of Fame. 2010 inductees included Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison, Johnny Allen, "Tiger" Tom Pistone, Joe Thurman, Charlie Glotzback, Jody Ridley, Jabe Thomas, Paul Radford, Rex White, Curtis Crider, Earl Brooks, Hank Thomas, Louise Smith and Jimmy Lewallen. Memory Lane Museum owner Alex Beam and Racers Reunion founder Jeff Gilder organized the Oct. 17 event. Beam said the museum started out doing Legends events to raise money to help injured or older drivers like Jake Elder and Sam Ard.(Charlotte Observer/Mooresville News)(11-26-2010)
Bill Balser To Receive NEAR 2011 Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award: Pioneering New England auto racing photographer Bill Balser has been selected as the recipient of the New England Antique Racers 2011 Jack Ratta Memorial Award. Balser will accept the award at the 14th annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Sunday, Jan. 30 at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT. Ticket forms and further information will be on the NEAR website in the near future. Hailing from Norton, MA. Balser’s distinguished career in auto racing photography began during the 1950s. He regularly shot at tracks such as West Peabody, Westboro, Norwood, Seekonk, and Lakeville in Massachusetts, and also Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway and Brookline, NH, among others. He was the official photographer for the NASCAR Busch North Series for over a decade. Traveling extensively, he captured images from Oxford Plains, ME. to Martinsville, VA.
2011 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductees are drivers Punky Caron, Dan Meservey, Russ Nutting and Jerry Dolliver, car owners Rich & Ray Garuti, Stanley “Skip” Matczak, Vic Kangas, and Speedway Scene publisher Val Lesieur. Veterans Committee inductees are the late Danny Galullo, early car owner Louie D’Amore, and the much-celebrated racer Buddy Bardwell (NEAR)(11-15-2010)
Changes at Daytona 500 Experience; layoffs: Fans want more behind-the-scenes access and Daytona International Speedway is going to give it to them. President Joie Chitwood III today announced an exciting new tour that will give fans a closer look into the "World Center of Racing." Beginning November 8, the Daytona 500 Experience will provide an expanded one-hour speedway tour allowing fans to view never-before-seen areas including the Daytona 500 Club, the Sprint Tower and the Sprint Cup garage, in addition to the traditional tour which includes Gatorade Victory Lane and the Sprint Fanzone. Both tours will operate daily and allow fans to experience the thrill and excitement of the Daytona International Speedway in person. As part of this new vision, the Daytona 500 Experience will no longer sell admission to the Velocitorium. It will instead be available for private functions, community events and unique entertainment options including private tours. The 60,000 square foot motorsports-themed showroom is perfect for hosting gatherings, meetings and event weekend hospitality. The 250-seat Coca-Cola Theatre will also be available for meetings and presentations. The NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience movie has ended its run (DIS).
LAYOFFS: A popular Central Florida attraction in Daytona Beach has announced it will be closing its doors. The parent company of Daytona International Speedway will close the Daytona 500 Experience and its IMAX theater next month. The move is part of a company-wide cost cutting measure. Some people will lose their jobs, although speedway officials won't say how many. They are hopeful more opportunities in the future will allow them to rehire the laid-off staff. "If we see the economy pick up in the next year, there's a chance to bring some staff back, but that is the hard part of this business decision that some folks will lose their job," said Joie Chitwood III, Daytona International Speedway. The speedway will provide new tours of the Sprint Tower and the garages. The changes are slated to begin November 8th. Since August, International Speedway Corporation has laid off 40 employees from its headquarters in Daytona Beach.(wftv.com)(10-20-2010)
Georgia Racing Hall of Fame induction Oct 22nd: The 2010 Georgia Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Dawsonville City Municipal Complex, on Friday, October 22 at 6:00pm/et. The inductees are motorcycle champion Ted Edwards of Atlanta, NASCAR championship winning engine builder and crew chief Ernie Elliott of Dawsonville, pioneer open wheel and stock car racer Jack Etheridge of Atlanta, NASCAR sportsman championship winning car owner Laverne Kendrick of Tifton and pioneer stock car racer and race official Jerry Wimbish of Atlanta. A limited number of seats are available for the banquet. Reservations are required to attend. For more information on purchasing a ticket or on the banquet, call Dawsonville City Hall at (706) 265-3256, or go online to www.georgiaracinghof.com.(10-15-2010)
RacersReunion Memory Lane Hall Of Fame to Induct Fifteen: On October 17, 2010 twelve living and three posthumous participants in grass roots racing will receive the prestigious honor of being inducted into the RacersReunion Memory Lane Hall of Fame. The three posthumous inductees are: Louise Smith, Earl Brooks, and Jimmy Lewallen. The twelve living inductees are: "Tiger" Tom Pistone, "Gentleman" Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison, Rex White, Charlie Glotzbach, Hank Thomas, Johnny Allen, Jody Ridley, Jabe Thomas, Curtis "Crawfish" Crider, Joe Thurman, and Paul Radford.
The induction ceremonies will be held at Memory Lane Museum in Mooresville, NC. Festivities begin at 12:00 pm/et with a cruise-in and vintage race car display outside the museum with music, food, and fun for the whole family. The induction will begin at 2:00 pm/et followed by an autograph session. "Last year's inaugural induction was an awesome event enjoyed by all who participated", said Jeff Gilder, founder of RacersReunion. "We expect this second annual induction to be well received and we could not have picked a better venue than Memory Lane Museum. Alex Beam and family have provided a first class facility for this hall of fame." Tickets are available at Memory Lane Museum and RacersReunion. Event details and ticket information are posted on the Events Calendar on Stock Car RacersReunion at com www.RacersReunion.com.(10-12-2010)
NMPA to induct three into Hall of Fame: Champion driver Dale Jarrett, famed crew chief and engine builder Waddell Wilson and renowned journalist Tom Higgins will be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame in January. All three were selected on more than 65 percent of the ballots cast by NMPA members to earn induction into the Hall of Fame. Wilson was selected on 70 percent of the ballots. Higgins was selected on 68 percent of the ballots, and Jarrett was selected on 66 percent of the ballots. "Our members have selected another outstanding class to the NMPA Hall of Fame,'' said NMPA President Dustin Long. "These three men have impacted the sport on the track, in the garage and in the media center. Their contributions are significant.'' Those who received votes but did not reach the 65 percent mark for induction were Tiny Lund, Joe Gibbs, Hal Hamrick, Les Richter, L.D. Ottinger, Lloyd Moore, Donnie Allison, Len Wood, Jim Hunter and Louise Smith.(NMPA)(9-2-2010)
Racing Luminaries Hope to Inspire the Next Generation: Racing legends Dale Armstrong, Joie Chitwood, Alan Kulwicki, Jeremy McGrath, Ken Squier, Jerry Titus and Rich Vogler were inducted last night [Wed, August 25th] into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in the organization’s 22nd annual induction ceremony at the Fillmore Theater.
Joie Chitwood III, Ken Squier, Eleanor Vogler, Dale Armstrong, Coby Brooks & Rick Titus with Honorary Chairman Chip Ganassi presiding, the induction ceremony was the culmination of the organization’s largest celebration ever, spanning two days of activities at the Detroit Science Center, now home of the Motorsports Hall of Fame, and at the Fillmore Theater.
“Family” and “future” were themes that pervaded this multi-generational celebration of motorsports that looked back at the lives of legends with an eye towards inspiring future generations of drivers, engineers and enthusiasts. “Driving is fun…it brings people together, it brings freedom and independence, and it is up to us to make sure that the next generation makes that connection,” said Ganassi.
The black-tie ceremony was once again hosted by Jim Mueller, track announcer for Michigan International Speedway and other ISC tracks, with Ned Jarrett, Marty Reid, Kyle Petty, Neal Pilson, Jim Farley and Gary Lee serving as presenters.(MSHFA)(8-27-2010)
2010 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Class Chosen: The votes have been cast, and the five inductees to become members of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame for 2010 have been chosen. The 2010 inductees are Ted Edwards of Atlanta, Ernie Elliott of Dawsonville, Jack Etheridge of Atlanta, Laverne Kendrick of Tifton and Jerry Wimbish of Atlanta. The 2010 induction ceremony will be held at the Dawsonville City Municipal Complex, which houses the Hall of Fame, on Friday, October 22 at 6pm/et. A limited number of seats are available for the banquet. Reservations are required to attend. For more information about the banquet visit www.georgiaracinghof.com.(6-18-2010)
American auto racing exhibit planned: The Henry Ford Museum is planning a $15 million exhibit to showcase history and innovation in American auto racing. The 22,000-square-foot display would open in two to three years, and the fundraising effort is being co-chaired by NASCAR owners Jack Roush, Roger Penske and Rick Hendrick.(USA Today)(6-12-2010)
Petty & Earnhardt added to Darlington Legends Walk: Just days before their induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt have both been added to the Darlington Legends walk on the grounds of the famed 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. “Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt were obvious choices when we looked at who should be added to the Legends Walk,” said Darlington Raceway President, Chris Browning. “Petty was one of the pioneers of NASCAR and paved the way for the fan-driver interaction we know today. Earnhardt certainly left his mark on NASCAR and is still second on the all-time Darlington victory list with nine victories. Both drivers loved racing here and we are happy to honor them.” Keeping with the historic racing theme present throughout the Darlington Raceway facility, each of the Darlington Legends Walk monuments resembles a Goodyear racing tire and old style pit board. Each monument is made of solid granite and marble and weighs nearly 2,300 pounds. This is the third consecutive year new monuments have been added and the track plans to continue adding new monuments each year. “This is a great way for Darlington to put some of the history of NASCAR and our track on display for fans to enjoy,” said Browning. “The history of Darlington Raceway is so rich and we are going to do everything we can to preserve it for many generations to come.” Darlington Raceway Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.(Darlington Raceway)(5-4-2010)
Hendrick To Be Inducted Into Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Rick Hendrick will be inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 race weekend, June 18-20. Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, is the most successful team owner in NASCAR history at Infineon Raceway with five Sprint Cup victories, all courtesy of Vallejo native Jeff Gordon. Gordon holds the record for most wins in Sonoma, including a three-peat in 1998-2000 (other wins, 2004 and 06). Hendrick drivers have also posted nine pole positions, including three consecutive poles by Ricky Rudd (1990-92), and 23 top-5 finishes in Sonoma. Brian Vickers also earned a victory for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR West Series at Infineon Raceway in 2006. Hendrick will join Gordon, who was inducted in 2006, on the Wall of Fame, as well as NASCAR drivers Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and Rudd. He will be inducted into the Wall of Fame during a ceremony in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle on Friday, June 18. Race fans are invited to attend. To learn more about the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, visit infineonraceway.com/NASCAR or call 800-870-RACE.(Infineon Raceway)(5-4-2010)
Gibbs, Busch, Gordon, Ambrose, Yates, Sturbin honored at TMHoF: Joe Gibbs joined yet another hall of fame as the three-time Super Bowl-winning coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer became the newest member of the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame during Friday evening’s gala at The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway. Gibbs was honored along with Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Marcos Ambrose, Robert Yates and veteran motorsports journalist John Sturbin. Gibbs joins previous inductees A.J. Foyt (2003), Johnny Rutherford (2003), Terry Labonte (2004), Lee Shepherd (2004), Kenny Bernstein (2005), Jim Hall (2005), Eddie Hill (2006), Mark Martin (2007), Jim McElreath (2007), Bobby Labonte (2008) and Bruton Smith (2008) into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame. Gibbs, a five-time winner as car owner at Texas Motor Speedway, has carried his success from the National Football League to NASCAR. Since Joe Gibbs Racing opened its doors in 1992 he has led the organization to two three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships (2000, ’02, ’05) and most recently won his first Nationwide Series championship last year with Kyle Busch.
Gibbs’ championship driver, Busch, was honored as Texas Motor Speedway’s Racer of the Year. Busch became the first Nationwide Series drivers to win four consecutive races at “The Great American Speedway!” last year after. The honor came on the strength of Busch’s performance during last November’s Dickies 500 weekend as he nearly became the first driver in NASCAR history to win three
national series events on the same weekend. He captured his first career truck series victory at Texas Motor Speedway in the WinStar World Casino 350k and followed with a victory in the O’Reilly Challenge Nationwide Series race the following day. Busch came up two laps short in his bid for history as he ran out of fuel on Lap 332 of the 334-lap Dickies 500 Sprint Cup Series race, relinquishing his lead to older brother Kurt.
A pair of NASCAR’s most respected drivers, Ambrose and Gordon, received the Texas Motor Speedway Sportsmanship Award. Ambrose has continued to climb up the NASCAR ranks since making the jump from V8 Supercars in Australia. He has proven to be the consummate professional both on and off the track. Gordon, winner of 82 career Sprint Cup Series races, was honored for his accomplishments off the track. Gordon has continued to help the lives of ill children through the Jeff Gordon Foundation which he established in 1999. Since then he has gone on to help raise more than $10 million for children facing critical illness. The award was just one of two on the evening for Gordon, as he received the 2009 Fan Choice Award presented by 1310 The Ticket. The award, award for to the top racing moment at Texas Motor Speedway, was voted on by the fans. The three moments included Gordon’s first career victory at Texas Motor Speedway during last April’s Samsung 500; Helio Castroneves’ third career victory at Texas Motor Speedway during the Bombardier Learjet 550k; and Jimmie Johnson’s early-lap wreck in the Dickies 500 that changed the complexion of the championship race. More than 10,000 fans casted their vote at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and the overwhelming winner was Gordon.
Yates was awarded this year’s Bruton Smith Legend Award. The legendary engine builder and owner of Yates Racing put together a championship-caliber organization from 1989 to 2009. During that span Yates earned a Sprint Cup Series championship in 1999 to go along with 57 career Sprint Cup Series victories, including a pair at Texas Motor Speedway. Yates’ son, Doug, accepted the award on his father’s behalf and said his father has provided him with some valuable lessons.
Veteran motorsports journalist John Sturbin was recognized for his contributions to auto racing with the Excellence in Motorsports Journalism award. Sturbin, longtime motorsports reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has covered racing for more than 35 years and continues to cover the sport as senior writer for racintoday.com.
The Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame ceremony benefits Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter. Since the organization was established in 1997 it has raised more than $6.7 million in funding, including a record $1 million in grants the previous two years. The funds generated help non-profit organizations in the four North Texas counties it serves – Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant.(TMS)(4-17-2010)
Gibbs to be named to Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame: Joe Gibbs will be the latest motorsports icon inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame. Gibbs, who owns three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships (2000, ’02, ’05) as owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, will be honored Friday, April 16, during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala held in the Speedway Club’s Grand Ballroom at Texas Motor Speedway during the Samsung Mobile 500 race weekend. Along with Gibbs’ induction, Texas Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter will help recognize other outstanding individuals in motorsports – renown Sprint Cup Series team owner and engine builder Robert Yates, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, JTG-Daugherty, Marcos Ambrose, veteran motorsports reporter John Sturbin – as well as recognize the top moment from the 2009 season at “The Great American Speedway!” Gibbs will become the 12th member of the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame, joining previous inductees A.J. Foyt (2003), Johnny Rutherford (2003), Terry Labonte (2004), Lee Shepherd (2004), Kenny Bernstein (2005), Jim Hall (2005), Eddie Hill (2006), Mark Martin (2007), Jim McElreath (2007), Bobby Labonte (2008) and Bruton Smith (2008). With his induction, Gibbs becomes the first Sprint Cup Series team owner to earn a spot in the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame. Gibbs has established one of the premier organizations in motorsports since opening the doors to Joe Gibbs Racing in 1992. He has won four championships in NASCAR competition (three Sprint Cup Series, one Nationwide Series), with his most recent coming last year as Busch was crowned Nationwide Series champion. Gibbs’ most dominate driver at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch, will be honored as this year’s Texas Motor Speedway Racer of the Year. Yates, veteran team owner of Robert Yates Racing and accomplished NASCAR engine builder, will be recognized as this year’s Bruton Smith Legend Award recipient. Ambrose and Gordon will both receive the Texas Motor Speedway Sportsmanship Award. The newest award, the Excellence in Motorsports Journalism Award, will be awarded to Sturbin. He has covered motorsports for more than 35 years, most notably with
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and currently for RacinToday.com. His work has been recognized by those in the industry as he received the prestigious Bloys Britt Award, as judged by The Associated Press, for a feature on Indy-car icon A.J. Foyt and his rehabilitation from devastating foot and leg injuries.
A new twist this year will allow fans to take part in the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame ceremony as they will vote on Texas Motor Speedway’s top moment from the 2009 season in the Fan Choice Award presented by 1310 The Ticket. Gordon’s first victory at Texas Motor Speedway; Helio Castroneves’ record-tying third career IndyCar Series win in June’s Bombardier Learjet 550k; and Jimmie Johnson’s early-lap wreck in the Dickies 500 that changed the complexion of the championship race at the time are the three moments being featured. Fans can vote at www.texasmotorspeedway.com to decide the winner and one lucky fan will have the opportunity to announce the winner and present the award during the festivities.
The Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame, located in the outdoor atrium adjacent to The Speedway Club, is open year round and free to the public. The Hall of Fame atrium features pedestals of the inductees, including their career highlights. The Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala benefits Speedway Children’s Charities- Texas Chapter. A VIP reception hosted by previous Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees will take place prior to the awards ceremony beginning at 6:30pm/ct on the ninth floor in the Grand Ballroom.(TMS)(3-16-2010)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America announces 2010 Inductees: Racing luminaries Dale Armstrong, Joie Chitwood, Alan Kulwicki, Jeremy McGrath, Ken Squier, Jerry Titus and Rich Vogler will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America when the organization stages its annual induction ceremony on Aug. 25, 2010 at The Fillmore Detroit. “The Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2010 features champion drivers who doubled as an innovative crew chief, a showman and stunt man, a race team owner and a magazine editor. Joining them are an all-time win leader in sprint cars and midgets, a ground breaking broadcaster and a legendary Supercross rider whose nickname was ‘Showtime.’ Their exploits on and around the race tracks of America make them true hall of famers,” said Ron Watson, president of the Hall of Fame.
Dale Armstrong – Credited with numerous innovations in drag racing technology, Armstrong was the first crew chief to use wind tunnels for improved aerodynamics. This mechanical genius tuned Kenny Bernstein to four consecutive Funny Car championships in 1985-1988, plus a total of 28 national event wins. Later, with Bernstein in the Top Fuel division, he became the first crew chief to break the 300 MPH barrier. The 1996 Top Fuel title placed Armstrong among the elite crew chiefs to have won championships in both Funny Car and Top Fuel. Armstrong had an outstanding driving career himself, winning 12 NHRA National events in the 1970s.
Joie Chitwood - Known as “The Chief,” Chitwood had two successful careers; one as a racer and another as a world-renowned stuntman. He was the AAA East Coast Sprint Car Champion in 1939 and 1940. He was the CSRA Sprint Car Champion in 1942. He raced at Indianapolis seven times, placing 5th on three occasions. He was the first driver to wear a seat belt at the Brickyard. His popular and long-running Joie Chitwood Thrill Show led to stunt work in motion pictures and television. Chitwood died in 1988.
Alan Kulwicki - Hard working and fiercely independent, he worked his way up from the short tracks of the Midwest to become the first owner/driver since Richard Petty in 1979 to win the NASCAR Cup championship when he dramatically captured the title in 1992. The NASCAR Rookie of the Year in 1986, Kulwicki inaugurated the “Polish Victory Lap” when he celebrated by circling the track clockwise after he won for the first time at Phoenix in 1988. Kulwicki died in April 1993, during his reign as NASCAR champion, when his plane crashed en route to a race in Bristol, Tenn.
Jeremy McGrath - This native Californian became the most popular motorcycle racer of the 1990s and perhaps all time. From 1993 until his retirement in 2002, McGrath obliterated every record in AMA Supercross racing en route to eight national championships. His unique crowd pleasing riding maneuvers, while leaping the high-flying jumps of Supercross, helped launch the sport of freestyle motocross. His tremendous fan appeal gave impetus to the rapid growth of Supercross, but his popularity transcended the sport. McGrath appeared regularly on national television shows and commercials, along with starring in video games that topped the sales charts during his reign as the “King of Supercross.”
Ken Squier - The owner of the voice that introduced millions to stock car racing began his career as a track announcer in the 1950s. While owning radio stations that formed the Radio Vermont Group, he acquired the Thunder Road track in Barre, Vt., and later became the lead voice of the Motor Racing Network providing NASCAR coverage on national radio. He was one an ABC motorsports announcer in 1964 before moving to CBS for the first flag-to-flag live coverage of the Daytona 500 in 1979. His call of that historic event is credited by many to have been a major contributor to a significant growth spurt for the phenomenal popularity of NASCAR. He still plies his trade as a commentator on the FOX Network.
Jerry Titus - During the 1960s, the glory days of Trans Am racing, Titus was one of the series’ dominant drivers. His five wins in 1967 won the championship and the manufacturer’s trophy for Ford. He placed third in points in 1968 and 1969. An accomplished writer and editor of Sports Car Graphic Magazine, Titus was killed in a racing crash at Road America in 1970. Titus' name is remembered annually by the America Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association when it presents its choice for driver of the year with the “Jerry Titus Memorial Award.”
Rich Vogler - In 1980, Vogler became the first driver to capture both the USAC sprint and midget titles in the same season. He also won the midget crown in 1978, 1983, 1986 and 1988. He won additional sprint car titles in 1980 and 1989. A five-time Indy 500 qualifier, Vogler’s best showing was an 8th place finish in 1989. His record of 134 national event wins in various divisions of United States Auto Club competition ranks second behind only Inaugural Hall of Fame inductee A.J. Foyt. Vogler's last victory came when, at age 39, he lost his life in an accident on the final lap while in the lead of a sprint car race at Salem Speedway in his home state of Indiana.
The Motorsports Museum & Hall of Fame is operated by the Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation Inc. Currently housed in the Detroit Science Center in the Motor City’s Museum District, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America features the sculptures and stories of 181 Heroes of Horsepower along with racing and high performance vehicles representing the broad spectrum of America motorsports. The constantly changing collection features racers from the world of Indy cars, stock cars, motorcycles, drag racing, Can Am, sprint cars, powerboats, truck racing, karts, aviation and even snowmobiles.
The Detroit Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires its visitors to pursue and support careers in engineering, technology and science. The Science Center features five theaters, including Michigan’s only Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre, the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, the Toyota Engineering Theater, the DTE Energy Sparks Theater and the Chrysler Science Stage; a 9,000 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; the United States Steel Fun Factory; an exhibit gallery just for pint-size scientists; and a Special Events Lobby. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, detroitsciencecenter.org.(IMHOF)(3-2-2010)