Throwback Thursday: Richard Childress and the Rolex 24

January 28th, 2016

This weekend drivers from around the world will ascend upon Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 at Daytona to compete in a 24-hour endurance race that tests man and machine. Many drivers from the NASCAR world have participated in the January event over the years, including Richard Childress.

Childress, along with teammate James Hylton wheeled a Chevrolet Laguna in the 1976 running of the event. The duo competed under the Grand International class, qualifying 30th and ultimately finishing second in their class and 19th overall.

Childress, who had never seen the above photo of himself behind the wheel, recalled the event, “We’d run a fuel tank in about two hours, so James and I would switch off every four hours. It was a lot of fun because we were a lot younger back then.”

Childress’ ties to the 24-hour race continues to this day through ECR Engines participation in the event. In 2014 teams using ECR Engines came in first through fourth in the Prototype class, claiming the top prize in the event.

This weekend ECR returns to Daytona with four teams looking to claim victory in the prestigious event once again.