Race Rock, an auto racing-themed eatery, to debut

LAS VEGAS -- Race Rock International, a chain of motor sports-themed restaurants based in Orlando, Fla., announced plans to open a Race Rock Supercharged Restaurant this spring in this city's downtown area.

Located at the corner of Fremont Street and the Strip, the two-level, 30,000-square-foot restaurant is expected to be the gateway to the Fremont Street Experience, a dazzling light show that begins every evening at dusk.

Race Rock Las Vegas will feature memorabilia from all forms of racing including Nascar, Indy cars, Formula One, dragsters, motorcycles and speedboats. Racing stars already have donated several items for display in the restaurant, such as Walker Evans' championship off-road truck, Christopher Clyne's junior dragster, Craig Breedlove's land speed rocket car, Richard Denton's earthshaker pulling truck and "Home Improvement" star Tim Allen's racing suit and helmet.

Displays also will feature a 175-foot track with a dozen Nascar vehicles driven by such stars as Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace and Richard Petty; open-wheeled cars from CART and the Indy Racing League; outlaw and sprint cars; off-road and stadium trucks, and road race, drag and dirt bikes.

The facility also will showcase a multiscreen projection system on which patrons can watch some of the sport's most famous finishes and crashes as well as a full-scale tractor trailer retail area and a racing simulator.

All of the restaurant's elements will follow the racing theme -- the bar area will sport crankshaft bar stools -- even on the menu, which will offer such items as nitro wings and crashed potatoes. The eatery also has been named an official ticket outlet for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Richard Petty Driving School.

Race Rock International, whose celebrity owners include Gordon, Wallace, Bobby Moore, Richard and Kyle Petty, Geoff Bodine, Mario and Michael Andretti, and Ernie Irvan, features its flagship restaurant in Orlando, Fla.

Other locations under consideration are New York, London, Tokyo and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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