Auburn Grad To Tackle Talladega High Banks Marc Mitchell to pilot No. 8 Ergon, Inc. Pontiac in Food World 250 Davidson, NC -- During the four years Marc Mitchell attended Auburn University he would long for his opportunity to compete on the...
Auburn Grad To Tackle Talladega High Banks
Marc Mitchell to pilot No. 8 Ergon, Inc. Pontiac in Food World 250
Davidson, NC -- During the four years Marc Mitchell attended Auburn University he would long for his opportunity to compete on the banks of the Talladega Superspeedway that sat only a few hours from his dorm. This weekend Mitchell, fresh from his May commencement where he received his degree in Building Science, will be among the many to grace the newly paved 2.66 mile oval when the ARCA/REMAX Series becomes the first racing series to test the new surface when the green flag drops on the Food World 250 on Friday afternoon.
The Tallahassee, Fla. native was second in the open test last week after touring the track at a 50.980 clip, or 187.838 mph. After welcoming a new sponsor to the Tony Clements Racing stable, the crew feels great about their chances this weekend. Ergon, Inc. will adorn the No. 8 Pontiac this weekend in a ceremonial end to their relationship with the racetrack. Ergon's asphalt and emulsions segment supplied the product used for the massive repaving of Talladega.
"What would be a better way to finalize our partnership with Talladega Superspeedway than to have our own car in Victory Lane," sounded Ergon Vice President Baxter Burns. "Marc has shown in the past that he can get the job done behind the wheel."
The Food World 250 will begin at 4:30 pm CST on Friday October 6th. The television broadcast on the Speed Channel will begin at 8:00 pm on the same day.
You don't have much superspeedway experience. How do you explain your quick adaptation to Talladega?
"Honestly I have a great racecar. Everyone at Tony Clements Racing should be proud of the car they have brought. I was just lucky enough to hold the wheel. We know it is fast and I have some drafting experience so the No. 8 Ergon Pontiac should be poised to finish up front. This will be a talented field and we have some big names making their stock car debuts with their respective new teams. It will be a fun race."
With your recent graduation from Auburn University, is it exciting for you to race in the state of Alabama?
"Absolutely. I have a ton of friends still here and we used to make the trip up from campus every year. There are few things as exciting as a race at Talladega. I really want to thank Ergon for giving me the opportunity to come here this weekend and compete."
Ergon is a very unique sponsorship, wouldn't you say?
"Very unique. No other driver can say that we are competing on the product of their sponsor. They are bringing in a bunch of people from their headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi and they are just as excited about this weekend as we are. And after what they accomplished here at the track it is my honor to drive their car."