Ran into Steve and Angie Smith Saturday afternoon walking along Pit Road at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
When I asked Smith, the Carolina Panther receiver, if he was a racing fan, he had a good answer.
"I'm an event fan," he said.
His job confers access, so he takes advantage of it.
I like that perspective. One way to learn about the place you live is to experience the institutions for which it is known -- and Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of them.