Talladega Superspeedway offers free campground space for Irma evacuees

Talladega Superspeedway

Hurricane Irma, a massive Category 5 storm, is barreling towards Florida and already Florida Gov. Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency for those in its path.

As Floridians prepare for what could be one of the largest mass evacuations in U.S. history, Alabama’s own Talladega Superspeedway is doing what it can to help.

Talladega campgrounds
Talladega Superspeedway campgrounds [Photo courtesy of Talladega Superspeedway]

Beginning Thurs. Sep. 7 at 9 a.m., the NASCAR’s largest track property will offer a portion of its campgrounds — which will include hot shower and restroom facilities, as well as water hookups on gravel and grassy areas —  free to evacuees seeking temporary refuge

“Our track is committed to helping our friends in Florida and the surrounding states during this time of need,” Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch stated of the venue, which is located just off I-20 between Atlanta (GA) and Birmingham, AL. “We hope to provide a sense of relief by offering a place to stay for no charge for evacuees during this time of adversity. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the path of the storm.”

On Wednesday, Atlanta Motor Speedway announced it would open up its camping facilities free of charge to any Hurricane Irma evacuees as well.

The Talladega Superspeedway is located less than 10 minutes from the Talladega Municipal Airport. Evacuees with questions may reach the superspeedway’s guest services department at (256) 761-4709.