Dover International Speedway
This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at the virtual Dover International Speedway ... Tyler Reddick is a former race winner in the NASCAR Truck Series at Dover International Speedway. The two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion also has five starts in the series at the "Monster Mile," with his best finish of third coming during the May 2019 race. This weekend marks Reddick's first virtual start at Dover International Speedway in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series on Sunday.
Caterpillar says "Thank You" ... What does it mean when someone says "thank you?" The global health crisis truly illustrates how critical many jobs are and how many of us took them for granted. While some of us are forced to isolate from home, other bravely continue to do the work, risking their health and safety to keep their communities moving forward. Medical professionals putting the rest of us ahead of their own loved ones. Folks who are part of supply chains are doing more than just stocking shelves, they're delivering inspiration. We're all feeling the uncertainty, but we're also feeling a profound sense of gratitude.
At Caterpillar, we want to say "thank you." Not just to our customers who continue to build towards a better tomorrow. But to people everywhere who are digging in, working hard and giving us hope as we struggle through. In the coming weeks, our gratitude will take many forms including ... a special "thank you" design on the Cat Racing car for the next virtual race and its eventual return to the track.
We're in a fight for the future. We're in it together. And to those of you on the front lines... "thank you." Learn more by visiting Cat.com/thanks.
The Crew ... From his home in North Carolina, Reddick will be competing in Sunday's eNASCAR iRacing Pro invitational Series race in a rig provided by Sim Seats. Joey Stone, who competes under the RCR eSports banner in the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, will also be spotting for Reddick during the race.
Richard Childress Racing at Dover International Speedway ... Richard Childress Racing is no stranger to Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway, with four NASCAR Cup Series wins and three NASCAR Xfinity Series wins at the track affectionately known as The Monster Mile. This weekend marks a new chapter for RCR at Dover, with the organization's first attempt at the track in a virtual race.
The Format ... NASCAR, iRacing and FOX Sports are teaming up to deliver the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, a selection of simulation-style esports races that include NASCAR Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow Chevrolet) and Tyler Reddick (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet). The series heads to the virtual Dover International Speedway for a fixed set-up race this Sunday, May 3. Drivers will compete in a qualifying session to set the starting field for the race.
But Wait, There's More ... In addition to Sunday's eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race, RCR will compete in a special Saturday night race at virtual Dover International Speedway with our roster of NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers, including Anthony Alfredo (No. 33 Tribute to a Hero - Wally Yocum Chevrolet), Myatt Snider (No. 93 TaxSlayer Chevrolet) and Kaz Grala (No. 29 HotScream Chevrolet). The race features NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers competing within the iRacing platform, complete with qualifying times to set heat races and a last chance qualifier race to round out starting lineup. Fans can watch all the action live streamed this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NASCAR's YouTube and eNASCAR.com/live.
The Car Designs ... Each RCR driver's paint scheme was designed in-house by the RCR Graphics Center Powered by Roland, an in-house full-service design and production facility located on the Richard Childress Racing campus in Welcome, North Carolina. Local graphic artist John Dragonetti then rendered these designs for the iRacing platform. Learn more about Dragonetti's designs at twitter.com/JohnRDragonetti.
COVID-19 Relief ... Own a piece of history by participating in a recently launched auction and sale of Richard Childress' personal collection of memorabilia. All proceeds will assist COVID-19 relief efforts. Thousands of rare, hard-to-find and exclusive items from Richard Childress' 50+ years in NASCAR are up for bid or sale, including an original No. 3 Chevrolet once raced by Dale Earnhardt, complete with engine. To bid or purchase items from Childress' personal collection, visit https://www.ebay.com/str/RichardChildresscollection. Bidders interested in the Dale Earnhardt racecar should register here https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Home/OnlineMay-2020/4ac775c5-37d9-4906-800b-84478937ab2b.
Did You Know ... Richard Childress contributed three top-10 finishes to RCR's total of 57 top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway when he competed at the track as a driver from 1976-1980.
Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's corporate Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR eSports Twitter page - @RCR_eSports, the RCR NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page - @RCRCup and the RCR NASCAR Xfinity Series team Twitter page - @RCRNXS. Information about the 16-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and on Instagram at Instagram.com/rcrracing. Visit www.RCRracing.com.
Catch the Action ... The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series at the virtual Dover International Speedway will be televised live Sunday, May 3, beginning at 1 p.m. ET on the FOX broadcast network (where available), FS1 and the FOX Sports app. Races will be available in Canada through FOX Sports Racing. Catch our Xfinity Series drivers Saturday night by visiting eNASCAR.com.
Dover International Speedway is a tough track to race at in person, so how do you think it will race virtually?
"I've had some good runs at Dover International Speedway in the past, including a win in the NASCAR Truck Series, but I'm curious to see how virtual Dover plays out over iRacing. So much of being successful at Dover focuses on getting a good balance in your race car in order to handle the loads it takes in the corners there. I'm not sure how much of that will translate virtually, but I'm up for the challenge in the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet. I'm excited to be helping them kick off their 'Thank You Truckers' campaign this weekend to help bring attention to those who are still helping our world continue moving forward, and hope to celebrate some of our truck drivers in NASCAR throughout the month of May."