CONCORD, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Charlotte Motor Speedway opened dry camping free of charge Tuesday for evacuees impacted by Hurricane Idalia. 

Campgrounds will be accessible for RV motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers, or Super C class campers, the speedway said.

Floridians already made their way out of the sunshine state in anticipation of Idalia, which strengthened to a category two hurricane Tuesday.

“We were slowly but surely going to spend some more time in Florida,” said Andy Kerr, a Florida resident. “We were going to head up in this direction, but we had to quicken our pace given the tropical storm coming the direction.”

With severe weather in the forecast this week for southeastern states, camping will be available as long as possible for evacuees, who will also have access to a bathhouse on speedway property.

“We’ve moved twice in the past 72 hours just to make sure we were out of the path,” Kerr said.

Evacuees must check in at the Camping World Racing Resort office (6600 Bruton Smith Blvd.), accessed at the zMAX Dragway entrance.

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After-hour arrivals should park on the service road beside the camping office and check in the following morning after 9 a.m. Following check-in, evacuees will be directed to a dry camping location on the speedway property.

Questions can be directed to the Charlotte Motor Speedway camping office at 704-455-4445.