Today’s Daytona 500 marks the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s fatal crash. With his enormous success and signature aggressive racing style, the legendary racer left an undeniable mark on one of America’s most popular sports, NASCAR. In 2010, Carowinds opened a new roller coaster with the aim of thrilling guests with its height and speed while also paying tribute to Earnhardt. Bearing the driver’s nickname (Intimidator), themed Chevy Monte Carlo trains, and a plaza showcasing Earnhardt’s career the Intimidator at Carowinds (and Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominions) is a roller coasters that also acts as a memorial.
This is one of my best photos of a hyper coaster as they’re sometimes hard to get close to. Unlike a lot of pictures of these rides you can actually see the riders and how B&M hypers have those elevated seats. I took this picture from the picnic pavilion area near Carowinds’ front entrance.
What’s Your Take?
How do you feel about a roller coaster as a memorial? Have you ridden Intimidator at Carowinds? What did you think? Leave a comment below.
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