CONCORD, N.C., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Drivers will rev their engines for a Fourth of July weekend of heavy-duty truck racing when the Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the Meritor ChampTruck World Series®.
"We're bringing the thrill of semi-truck racing back to the United States for the first time since 1993," said James Taylor, general manager, North America Field Operations for Meritor. "ChampTruck races are family affordable and fan-friendly. People have access to the trucks, drivers and teams, so there's plenty of excitement for everyone."
The two days of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the fourth event in the Meritor ChampTruck World Series. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Friday's activities include two Meritor ChampTruck practice sessions, a qualifying session and two heat races.
On Saturday, race fans will enjoy three more heat races and the all-important podium race at 9 p.m. In addition to the Meritor ChampTruck races, supporting events will include sports car and stock car racing on Charlotte Motor Speedway's new ROVAL track, combining the world-famous 1.5-mile oval with a new 1-mile road course. Saturday events also include a free performance by country-rock band "Outlaw 21" and the Meritor ChampTruck awards ceremony.
"We're really excited to have 23-time NASCAR winner Larry McReynolds joining us at Charlotte," said John Condren, ChampTruck CEO. "Larry will be in the driving seat of the No. 11 Optima Batteries Freightliner Columbia rather than sitting in the TV commentator's seat for Fox Sports' NASCAR coverage."
Admission is $20 per person each day or $30 for a two-day weekend ticket that includes full pit and paddock access. For more information, visit the ChampTruck website.
Meritor, Inc. is the executive title sponsor of the Meritor ChampTruck World Series for the 2015 season. The 10-event series will conclude with the 2015 Meritor ChampTruck Series National Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. Drivers earn and accumulate points for the national championship event.
British truck racing champion Stuart Oliver finished first in the Podium Race in the third Meritor ChampTruck World Series Race, held at Pikes Peak International Raceway on May 31 in Fountain, Colorado. The next regular season race is scheduled for Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, July 17 through July 19.
An overview of the Meritor ChampTruck World Series, including interviews with drivers and the Meritor DriveForce™ team, is available at http://youtu.be/NrlvnY-MDm4.
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Michigan, United States, and is made up of more than 9,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 18 countries. Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at meritor.com.