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Caterpillar Launches Next Generation Mini Excavators with Slick Wrap Scheme

Bigger may be better in Texas for most things, but Ryan Newman’s slick new wrap scheme for the second race of the NASCAR Playoffs Round of 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway features iconic sponsor Caterpillar going smaller in the Next Generation Mini Excavators. Caterpillar brings many of the racing world’s hallmarks to its nine new models in their mini hydraulic excavator lineup: performance, versatility and serviceability. Then their engineers added operator experience and affordability. All packed into the smallest packages.

Cat unveil with Ryan Newman

Newman’s No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will recognize 44 customers that inspired the design of the machines with their names on the deck lid for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Caterpillar employees and race fans got their first look at the car on Thursday.

Newman was on hand for the paint scheme reveal with Caterpillar and pronounced the paint scheme “Awesome.”

“It’s an honor for me to drive the race car and to represent the names,” Newman said. “Don’t get me wrong, Caterpillar and the mini excavator are really cool, but it’s the names on the back. It means something more when you are representing those names.”

Customers have the same reaction to the new line of machines in both the 1- to 2-ton class and the 7- to 10-ton category.

Marc Blackhurst, operator, Waters Edge Designs

“They may be mini, but they are powerful,” says Marc Blackhurst, an operator with Waters Edge Designs. “The new lineup offers industry-leading performance right where you need it, which allows you to do more with a mini excavator than you thought possible.”

The new mini excavators have an exclusive Stick Steer system, which allows the operator to switch (with the touch of a button) from conventional lever/foot-pedal steering controls to left-hand joystick control.

Sounds like stock car racing and iRacing, doesn’t it?

The new line of Cat machines also has a new and exclusive option in the 1- to-2 ton class that Newman might really enjoy, especially in the heat of summer: air conditioning. For more on the features of the new Cat Mini Excavators, go to Cat.com: 1- to 2- ton class7- to 10-ton class 

Names on the back of Ryan Newman