Kerry Earnhardt to Drive Dad's No. 3 Brickyard 400 Winner at Goodwood
WELCOME, N.C. (June 29, 2010) - The Richard Childress Racing No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo that the legendary Dale Earnhardt drove to victory in the 1995 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be driven by his eldest son, Kerry Earnhardt, in this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 2-4, is one of the world's premier historic race car events. The event has been held annually since 1993 on the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England. Race cars past and present participate in both demonstration and competition runs up the nine-turn, 1.16-mile hillclimb circuit.
This is the second consecutive year RCR has participated in the Festival of Speed. Last year, Taylor Earnhardt, Dale's youngest daughter, drove the black No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet her father earned his 76th and final NASCAR Cup Series victory in, on Oct. 15, 2000, at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
Dale Earnhardt qualified 13th for the second running of the Brickyard 400. He drove the famous black No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet to the top spot on lap 133 and led the final 28 laps to beat Rusty Wallace to the checkered flag by 0.37-of-a-second.
"It was an honor to again be personally invited by Lord March to enter one of Dale's No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolets in this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "Winning the 1995 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was one of Dale's, and RCR's, proudest moments.
Both last year's car and this year's entry were prepared by and will be cared for at the Festival of Speed by former No. 3 team crew members Danny Lawrence and Rich Burgess. Lawrence is the assistant head engine builder/trackside manager for Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines and Burgess is the shop manager for RCR's No. 31 Caterpillar team in the NSCS.
"It's going to be an awesome experience for me to drive the car my dad won the Brickyard 400 in," said Kerry Earnhardt. "Dad winning that race was a pretty big deal because it's such a special race. I'm honored to be driving it at all, but doing it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed makes it that much more special. Taylor (Earnhardt) drove one of Dad's cars last year at Goodwood and she told me it was a lot of fun and there were a lot of great people there."
For General Motors, the automaker behind the GM Goodwrench brand proudly carried on the hood of the car, it is a chance to celebrate the history of the partnership with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and the legacy of Dale Earnhardt as a champion.
"Chevrolet is honored to see the famed No. 3 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo once again participating in the Goodwood Festival of Speed," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President, Chevrolet Marketing. "The legendary black No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt teamed together to form a powerful combination that changed the sport of NASCAR - both on and off the race track."
A daily blog of the eight-day adventure (June 29-July 6) will be posted on SPEED's website (www.SpeedTV.com) and linked to the Richard Childress Racing website (www.rcrracing.com).
-source: rcr racing