Richard Childress to Pace Charolette Field With New Monte Carlo

CHARLOTTE -- The all-new 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will pace the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina on May 30, 1999. Past racing legend Richard Childress, one of NASCAR's top team owners, including the No. 3...

CHARLOTTE -- The all-new 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will pace the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina on May 30, 1999. Past racing legend Richard Childress, one of NASCAR's top team owners, including the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo of Dale Earnhardt and the No. 31 Lowe's Monte Carlo driven by Mike Skinner, will mark his 30th year in racing by driving the pace car. This also marks the 30-year anniversary of the Monte Carlo, whose nameplate has already cemented Chevrolet's place in racing history. "Monte Carlo is the most successful nameplate on the NASCAR circuit," said Don Parkinson, Monte Carlo brand manager. "It only makes sense that we put it out in front of the pack as the pace car, with a racing legend like Richard Childress. Both are already recognized leaders on the track." Childress has proven his leadership on the track with a racing career spanning 12 years, from 1969 to 1981, when he drove his own NASCAR Winston Cup Series car to six top-five finishes and 76 top-10 finishes. It was in 1981 that Childress made a career change from driver to full-time car owner, stepping aside to let Dale Earnhardt replace him in the driver's seat. "It's an honor to be selected as pace car driver and to introduce the all-new 2000 Monte Carlo as a pace car. This is my 30th year in racing and most of those races have been in Chevrolets. You can't beat a Chevrolet product. I never won a race as a driver, but I'll be running out front at Charlotte in that 2000 Monte Carlo and I can't wait," Childress said. Childress has also proven his leadership as owner of Richard Childress Racing (RCR). He has won six Winston Cup Championships, including back-to-back Winston Cup titles in 1986 and 1987, 1990 and 1991, and again in 1993 and 1994. In 1995, he became the first team owner to win the Inaugural NASCAR Truck Series Championship with driver Mike Skinner. In addition, he has been to victory lane in the Winston Cup Series 63 times and has 203 top-five and 294 top-10 finishes in 429 starts -- all of which are Winston Cup highs for that period. RCR won a Winston Cup race every season from 1983 to 1996, finishing in one of the top-three positions in points, nine of their last 12 seasons, as well as finishing in the top-five in points 11 of the last 12 seasons. "I remember when Richard drove stock cars, and I don't think he will have any problems driving the Monte Carlo pace car. Richard has always been one of my heroes and represents the backbone of our sport," NASCAR President Bill France said. No other manufacturer has won as many manufacturer's or driver's championships on the NASCAR Winston Cup racing circuit as Chevrolet. And Monte Carlo's winning percentage is 70 percent greater than that of its nearest competitor. Chevrolet's Monte Carlo pace car will also make motorsports history May 30 as it becomes the first car to pace two prestigious motorsports events on the same day: the Indianapolis 500 with comedian Jay Leno at the wheel and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Mike Skinner , Jay Leno