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NASCAR race in Charlotte renamed the ‘Top Gear 300’

Pop quiz: what is the most-watched sport in the world? If you saw Top Gear’s road trip down America’s east coast over Christmas, you should already know the answer. It’s actually NASCAR, the phenomenally popular US oval-racing series.

And this year, it’s got ever so slightly better. Because on May 28, 2011 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the drivers will be revving up to compete in a newly named race: the Top Gear 300.

Yes, our buddies at Top Gear US have joined forces with the track owners in North Carolina to rename the Memorial Day clash in honour of the world’s favourite little motoring show.

US presenters Tanner, Rutledge and Adam will be starting the race, and highlights from Top Gear US will also air during the weekend on the world’s biggest high-definition video screen, which stretches some 200 feet wide.

We trust the dancing mayor from the Blue Ridge Parkway area will be suitably delighted.

In other news, fans of Rutledge Wood’s Twitter feed will already know that yesterday marked the first day of filming for series two of Top Gear US. The new run will air on the History Channel later this year.

As Jeremy said recently: “Top Gear is our baby, so you can understand why Hammond, May and I were anxious about passing it on to the presenters of the US show. We needn’t have worried because Top Gear is clearly in safe hands, even if they do insist on speaking in those stupid accents.

“Watching an episode from series one with Richard and James, we found ourselves in a genuinely heated debate about which of the presenters’ cars was best. We were just three ordinary chaps watching a car show and loving it, which is exactly what Top Gear should be. Bring on series two.”

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