Atlanta, Talladega speedways open campsites for free for Hurricane Irma evacuees

HAMPTON, Ga. — Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway are opening their facilities for free for people evacuating from Hurricane Irma.

The huge racetracks host hundreds of thousands of people for NASCAR races during the year and have numerous accommodations for campers.

The Atlanta speedway in Hampton, Georgia, about 25 miles south of Atlanta opened its facilities Thursday morning, officials said.

Evacuees will have free access to hot showers and restroom facilities at the camper bath house, speedway officials said.

The speedway can handle thousands of campers, with RV and tent campgrounds being opened. Pets are also allowed.

Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday morning opened its facilities, which include hot shower and restroom facilities, as well as water hookups.

The speedway is about an hour east of Birmingham, Alabama.

“Our track is committed to helping our friends in Florida and the surrounding states during this time of need,” Talladega Superspeedway chairman Grant Lynch said in a statement.

“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.”