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March 04, 2011, ,

The Hall of Fame will be a special place that brings NASCAR's history to life and preserves that history in the appropriate environments. The facility also will allow longtime fans to have the opportunity to relive NASCAR's greatest moments and for new fans to learn about them.

The yearly HOF classes will have five inductees selected by a voting panel consisting of NASCAR industry leaders, manufacturer representatives, former competitors, the media and fans. Inductees will be chosen from an annual list of no more than 25 candidates. The main criteria for nomination and induction: NASCAR accomplishments and contributions to the sport. (read more)

Proposals to fund and construct the NASCAR Hall of Fame were received May 31, 2005, from five cities -- Atlanta, Charlotte, Daytona Beach, Kansas City and Richmond.

During the next two months, the proposals were reviewed by NASCAR, including site visits.

On March 6, 2006, NASCAR announced the home of its Hall of Fame: Charlotte.

Located in Charlotte's Center City -- the front entrance faces the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Brevard Street -- the Hall of Fame will be developed, designed and operated by the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

The Hall of Fame, which opened May 11, 2010, has been designed in concept by world renowned architecture firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. The firm has designed iconic buildings in cities worldwide, including the Javits Convention Center in New York, the expanded Louvre in Paris, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

The inaugural first class -- Bill France, Richard Petty, Bill France Jr., Junior Johnson and Dale Earnhardt -- was enshrined on May 23, 2010.

The second class was voted upon on Oct. 13, 2010: The Class of 2011 consists of David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett and Bud Moore.