Richard Childress Racing
2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in review
July 2, 2014
For the fifth time, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has been invited to participate at the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of motorsports history - The Annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. The Festival runs June 26-July 2 and features race cars from past and present participating in both demonstration and competition runs up the nine-turn, 1.16-mile Hillclimb circuit.
Day No. 2 of the Goodwood #FOS is in the books here in Chichester U.K. The RCR entries of Kerry Earnhardt (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevy Monte Carlo) and Max Papis (No. 3 Dow Chevy SS) made two runs ‘up the Hillclimb’ thrilling the nearly 100,000 spectators with a bit of NASCAR flavor. Earnhardt, who’s making his third appearance at Goodwood, is a regular crowd favorite and proudly represented his Dad’s No. 3 with class during each of his demonstration runs up the hill. Papis, who is making a timed Hillclimb run, posted the 2nd fastest batch time in the morning run and topped the batch speed charts during the afternoon run. Of the 59 total competitors (all batches combined) making timed runs, Papis posted the 12th fastest overall time; an impressive showing for sure. Check back with us tomorrow morning for an update for more updates from the on-track action from Day 3 at the Festival of Speed.
Saturday’s action at The Festival of Speed was originally scheduled for two segments of runs up the Hillclimb for both RCR entries. However, due to competition delays, the afternoon session for the demonstration drivers was cancelled. A nearly record crowd of well-over 100,000 patrons we’re eager to see what each competitor had up their sleeves to amuse. Earnhardt’s one and only run of the day was highlighted by his burnout at the top of the hill turn-around where he turned multiple 360’s in the 2000 GM Goodwrench Chevy, much to the amazement and applause of the spectators. Papis, gaining more and more confidence each time up the hill, turned in his best effort of the weekend thus far by posting the fasting time of the batch. The stage was set for a remarkable final day at this year’s FOS.
Following a wonderful Saturday evening gala hosted by Lord March and his constituents, an early start for most all of the participants succeeded on Sunday morning. Earnhardt completed his two final demonstration runs up the hill, which was highlighted by a no-hands burnout in front of the Goodwood House while holding his steering wheel outside of his driver’s side window. One final tune-up run for Papis during the morning session set the stage for a Shootout assembly in the afternoon, with the top-three competitors from each batch attempting to stand on the famous Goodwood podium. Though Papis posted his best time of the weekend during the Shootout run, he came up a mere .05 seconds shy of fellow NASCAR legend Mike Skinner for the batch winning prize. As the 2014 Festival came to an end, ECR’s Danny Lawrence was honored at the closing ceremonies by Lord March himself with a special award for his continuous support of the Festival and playing an integral role with NASCAR’s participation year after year at the Festival of Speed; a well-deserved honor indeed.