The 2015 Sprint Cup champion will not be crowned until after Sunday’s season-ending and championship deciding Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
But NASCAR is already looking ahead to its annual Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, Dec. 1-4, with a busy four days planned for Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers, teams and fans alike.
NASCAR released the tentative lineup of this year’s activities Wednesday morning.
Among new additions to this year’s festivities:
* NBCSN’s Rutledge Wood and TV personality Courtney Hansen will host this year’s “NASCAR After The Lap.”
* Several lucky fans will get the chance to take part in the red carpet activities with drivers prior to the annual Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet at Wynn Las Vegas, which will be televised by NBCSN starting at 9 pm ET on Friday, Dec. 4.
Here’s the tentative lineup of Champion’s Week (all times are Pacific, except where noted):
Tuesday, Dec. 1
- NASCAR Live:Eli Gold will sit down with the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion to discuss his road to the championship. NASCAR Live will air from inside the Race and Sports Book at Wynn Las Vegas from 7 – 8 p.m. ET on Motor Racing Network. This event is free to the public. Fans in attendance will have a chance to participate in the live broadcast.
Tuesday – Wednesday, Dec. 1 – 2
- DAYTONA Rising / NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum: Part one of the annual DAYTONA Rising / NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum, presented by Sports Business Daily/Global/Journal. Held at The Mirage Las Vegas, industry decision-makers will offer their insights on the state of motorsports.
Wednesday – Friday, Dec. 2 – 4
- Champion’s Week Live at The LINQ Promenade:The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week fan experience will be anchored in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip – Champion’s Week Live at The LINQ Promenade, the ultimate NASCAR fan headquarters. Open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pacific time each day, fans can purchase merchandise of The Challenger 16 at the NASCAR Superstore, get their photo taken with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophy and view The Challenger 16cars on display. For a full list of activities, visit www.nascar.com/championsweek.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
- Fanfest Presented by Las Vegas Motor Speedway:The seventh annual LVMS Fanfest begins at 2 p.m. Pacific time at the Fremont Street Experience. This event is free to the public and will consist of a red carpet walk by the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Challengers, followed by a special “game show format” event. Select fans may be chosen to participate in an onstage game with the drivers for a chance to win two tickets to the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet.
Thursday, Dec. 3
- NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon: The annual awards luncheon and industry gathering will take place from 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Pacific time in the Encore Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas, where several team and individual awards will be presented. Hosted by FOX Sports personality Mike Joy, the event will be live-streamed on www.NASCAR.com.
- NASCAR Victory Lap Fueled by Sunoco: Hosted by FOX Sports reporter Jamie Little at 2:45 p.m. Pacific time. The green flag on the Victory Lap will fly at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time when Chase drivers parade down Las Vegas Boulevard in their race cars. Starts in front of the Miracle Mile Shops and finishes at The LINQ. For a full list of where each driver will participate in burnouts, fans can visit The LINQ Promenade earlier in the week. The event will be simulcast live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and www.NASCAR.com.
- NASCAR After The Lap sponsored by Ford and Sprint: A must-see event, NASCAR After The Lap takes place from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Pacific time at The Pearl Theater inside Palms Casino Resort. All 16 Chase Challengers will appear on stage and give fans behind-the-scenes info about their lives on and off the track. The event will be simulcast live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and www.NASCAR.com.
Friday, Dec. 4
- Championship Year in Review: SiriusXM NASCAR Radio host Claire B. Lang will be joined live from 1-3 p.m. Pacific time by the championship winning driver, owner, crew chief and other crew members in an exclusive two-hour retrospective on their championship-winning season.
- 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards:This black-tie celebration will be held at Wynn Las Vegas, where the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion driver and owner and the other Chase drivers will be honored. Drivers and stars will walk the Red Carpet from 7 – 8 p.m. Eastern time. NBCSN will broadcast this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the awards show live at 8 p.m. ET.
- Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide Reveal: The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide will be given to an outstanding volunteer who has made a profound impact on children in his or her community. The NASCAR Foundation will announce the national award winner during this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and donate $100,000 to the winner’s chosen charity. Fans can cast their vote for the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner by visiting www.NASCAR.com/award before 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 3.
For more information on all events, visit www.nascar.com/championsweek.