DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway and Richard Childress Racing, one of the most successful organizations to compete at the “World Center of Racing,” have partnered to have a special presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 11-14 in England.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motorsport and is held on the grounds of the Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.
Richard Childress Racing will have a pair of race cars that will drive in the annual Hillclimb event on the Goodwood grounds – a No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet that was raced in the 2000 NASCAR season by the late Dale Earnhardt and a No. 3 Bass Pro Shops 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS, a car that was driven by Austin Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Kerry Earnhardt, the oldest son of the late Dale Earnhardt, will drive the famed No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet while Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III will be behind the wheel of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro SS.
“We are honored that Lord March has once again invited Richard Childress Racing to participate at his Goodwood Festival of Speed,” said Childress, who won two Daytona 500s as an owner with Dale Earnhardt (1998) and Kevin Harvick (2007). “This will be our fourth appearance at one of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world and we are so proud to be a small part of it.
“We are very excited to be bringing two race cars this year - a 2013 Austin Dillon No. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series Chevrolet Camaro and one of our historical seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt No. 3 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlos from one of his last victories.”
At the age of 5, Chitwood began his career as a stuntman as part of his family’s entertainment business, the well-known Chitwood Thrill Show, and later specialized in precision driving.
“My dad, Joie Chitwood Jr., had the distinction of racing against Richard Childress back in the 1960s so it’s great to come full circle and drive one of his cars at Goodwood,” Joie Chitwood III said. “It’s a privilege to be behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS and to be a part of this diverse celebration of motorsports.”
Daytona International Speedway will also be represented at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V, which has left its home inside the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building to be part of a land speed record display.
The Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola kicks off with the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, July 5. The stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series take center stage with the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 6.
Tickets for all the events that are part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.