Drivers, start your engines and head to Cedar Point to see NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Thursday, Aug. 12.
Dale Jr.'s visit will be just one of the highlights of Cedar Point's third annual "Wheels of Thunder" that will take place Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 10-12.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 10 & 11) and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday (Aug. 12), guests can explore Michigan International Speedway's interactive racing-themed trailer, located on the Main Midway by the Dodgem bumper cars. The trailer will have racing simulators, TVs with race videos, driver suits and helmets and much more! Guests can also check out a Dale Jr. show car that will be on display all three days.
Guests will also have the opportunity to have Dale Jr. answer one of their questions. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, guests can register to have a question answered by Dale Jr. at one of his two public appearances. Six questions will be answered at each appearance. Guests who have their question answered, and a friend will receive a T-shirt, placard and lanyard and the chance to give Dale Jr. a "high-five."
Dale Jr. is scheduled to appear at the Picnic at the Point, held in the Point Pavilion from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12. Guests who attend the picnic will be entered into a drawing for prizes such as an autographed Dale Jr. jacket, a Dale Jr. stand-up, and an autographed "Wrangler" mini-car hood.
Dale Jr. is also scheduled to make an appearance on the Main Midway at approximately 5:30 p.m. Guests whose questions did not get answered will be entered into a drawing to win Dale Jr. prizes and the Michigan
International Speedway Grand Prize which includes two tickets to the CARFAX 400 race, two pre-race pit passes, two credentials to access pre-race ceremonies and two "Cold Garage" access passes.
Also on Thursday, the Goodyear Blimp will be flying over Cedar Point. The five highest bidders in the Firelands Chapter of the Red Cross auction will receive a 30-minute ride on the blimp that flies 1,000 feet above the ground! The fundraiser will run through Monday, Aug. 9, with each of the five winners receiving a blimp ride, a chance to meet and receive an autograph from Dale Jr., and a ride on the Top Thrill Dragster without having to wait.
Those wishing to participate in the auction should visit firelandsredcross.org/ultimateride.
For more information about Cedar Point and "Wheels of Thunder," visit cedarpoint.com or call the park's General Information Line at 419.627.2350.