"Intimidator" ride opens at Carowinds this weekend - | WBTV Charlotte

"Intimidator" ride opens at Carowinds this weekend

By Becky Gulden - email

By Trent Faris - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Henrick Construction, Inc. will debut their brand new roller coaster is at Carowinds on Saturday.

It's called the Intimidator and is named after NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.

Officials at Carowinds says the ride is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the Southeast. 

With a track that runs over 5,300 feet, it stands 232 feet with a first drop of 211 feet at a 74-degree angle, and can reach speeds exceding 75 miles per hour.'

The ride itself lasts about 3.5 minutes and has seven hills, one for each of Dale Earnhardt's NASCAR championships.

"The Intimidator has changed the landscape for roller coasters in the Southeast, and it will certainly draw visitors from across the region to Carowinds," said Roger Hendrick, president of Hendrick Construction.

Hendrick also built the last roller coaster at Carowinds, the Carolina Cobra in 2009.

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