Gov. Perdue establishes Motorsports Advisory Council

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Source: Governor Perdue’s office

Gov. Bev Perdue signed an executive order last week establishing the North Carolina Motorsports Advisory Council.  The council will advise the Governor on ways to strengthen the industry and recruit new motorsports jobs to North Carolina.

“Just days away from the Daytona 500, I’m taking the time to rev up our commitment to the motorsports industry, which supports thousands of high-tech jobs in North Carolina,” said Perdue.  “We’ve come a long way since moonshine running turned into a multi-billion dollar industry more than 60 years ago.”

Gov. Perdue signed Executive Order No. 49 in a ceremony at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  She was joined virtually by many motorsports leaders who are currently in Daytona preparing for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Today the motorsports industry supports more than 27,000 jobs in North Carolina and contributes more than $6 billion to the state’s economy each year.  Ninety percent of NASCAR teams are based in North Carolina and Charlotte is the home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

A motorsports advisory council was originally created in 2005, but has been inactive since 2007.