In celebration of the NASCAR Throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, Richard Childress Racing will honor longtime friend and former test driver Dave Marcis. Matt Tifft’s No. 2 Surface Sunscreen Chevrolet Camaro will sport a throwback paint scheme representing Marcis’ 1976 No. 2 Chevrolet during the NASCAR Xfinity race at the track deemed “Too Tough To Tame.”
While Marcis only drove an RCR entry once during an October 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at ISM Raceway, he has been a longtime friend to Richard Childress and had a close connection with Dale Earnhardt Sr., often going hunting and fishing with the pair. Marcis also served as RCR’s favorite test driver and had a large part in helping test and set up Earnhardt’s No. 3 Chevrolet that won the 1998 Daytona 500.
Excited to reveal the No. 2 @RCRacing #NASCARThrowback Chevrolet will be honoring longtime friend of RCR and Dale Sr., Dave Marcis! @NASCAR may not let us race in wingtip shoes anymore like he did, but I hope to make him proud at Darlington Raceway this weekend! pic.twitter.com/mXboVNRYLc
— Matt Tifft (@matt_tifft) August 28, 2018
Marcis’ nephew, Bob Marcis, currently serves as the head of suspension for RCR’s Xfinity Series shop.
“It’s special to see RCR running one of my paint schemes,” said Marcis. “I spent a lot of time testing for Dale and RCR after we lost Neil Bonnett. Dale just did not like to test, but we had a great relationship. Richard would help me out with restrictor-plate engines for my car in return for helping them with their testing. I’m pretty happy to say that I helped set the car up that Dale won the Daytona 500 with after so many years of trying.”
As an independent driver, Marcis earned respect from his fellow drivers and team owners as a hard-working man who was not afraid to step up and work on both his own cars and those of his fellow competitors. This attitude helped build a relationship with Realtree, one of Marcis’ longtime sponsors.
The camouflage company was originally set to sponsor RCR’s No. 31 Chevrolet, then driven by Mike Skinner, for five races in 1997. Childress mentioned to Bill Jordan, president of Realtree, that Realtree might be interested in working with Marcis as well, due to his passion for hunting and his strong work ethic. The relationship was consummated with Marcis soon after that.
“Dave did a lot for Dale and me during those years, and he remains a close friend to RCR,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR.
“It’s an honor to recognize him and the role he played here with the No. 2 team’s throwback scheme this year. I’m looking forward to seeing one of his schemes on the track this coming weekend in Darlington,” said Childress.
Currently in his debut season for RCR, Matt Tifft has recorded four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro.