Charlotte, Home to NASCAR valley. Spectator, fanatic, and sportsman alike can relax and enjoy the festive and homey atmosphere.
Race team headquarters surround the area and the track always puts on a show. The spectacular pre race festivities can only be out done by the fantastic on track racing.
This week’s guest spotter has seen the speedway from many viewpoints. Tim Fedewa has been both behind the wheel and behind the binoculars at Charlotte. Now as the spotter for the No. 82 Red Bull Race team of Scott Speed, Fedewa shares his views for this weekend’s event with SvS.
When asked his views on the speedway his answer was simple. Fedewa said, “Lots of history, fast track, it’s cool to do good at home track of all competitors, lots of action.”
“As far as spotting you always have to be on a little extra guard at Charlotte because of the speed and the way the groove spreads out. You have bottom feeders and high rollers and they come together at the exit of the corners and you better be paying attention or you can wreck some stuff.” Fedewa added about the challenges that arise at this track.
“The team faces many unique challenges the biggest is keeping up with the changing track conditions. Charlotte is very heat sensitive! (It’s a) crew chiefs nightmare!”
“My favorite thing about the track is the racing it is always exciting with lots of action for us and the fans, and the fans are always so into it!! Very knowledgeable and rowdy makes for a cool atmosphere for everyone!” Fedewa continued.
“Least favorite thing would be all of the hoopla leading up to the race, Charlotte is famous for going the extra mile with their events and activities leading up to the race some of it is cool , some of it gets old!!”
The fans may disagree but Fedewa explains why he feels as he does.
“We can forget that the racing is why we are all there not the band playing at pre race or the celebrities who can’t remember who even drives the cars that are on their t-shirt!”
“It’s all good though, I guess I'm just old fashioned I come there for a race!!”
Fedewa will have his hands, radio and binoculars full of Charlotte Motor Speedway, as he Guides the rookie Speed, around the track under lights Saturday Night.
~Featured Spotter Bio~
Name: Tim Fedewa
Hometown: Holt, Mi.
Team Spotter Since: Spotting since 04, worked as spotter for Red bull three years
Favorite Sport (other than racing): football and college b ball
Favorite Food: just about anything Italian
Favorite Music/Song: 80's hair band and classic rock n roll. Song would be Stairway to heaven
Favorite Off Track Activity: time w/my family and deer hunting