Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick will join fellow NASCAR Cup Series drivers and professional athletes around the world to honor the Real Heroes – frontline workers who are assisting their communities in the fight against COVID-19. In conjunction with NASCAR and FOX, Dillon and Reddick will replace their own names above the driver-side window of their Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LEs with the name of their healthcare heroes for both the The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, May 17 and the NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday night, May 20.
The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway: Sunday, May 17, 2020
No. 3 Team Real Hero: Elisa Bowman
Dillon and his No. 3 Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) Chevrolet team will be honoring Lead ER Frontline Nurse, Elisa Bowman, for Sunday’s The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway. Bowman has been a nurse for many years, but during the current crisis she’s volunteered to take on new responsibilities, working the makeshift ER for COVID patients that’s set up in the tent outside of the hospital where she works in High Point, North Carolina. She trains new nurses, not only on standard procedures, but the new COVID procedures as well.
No. 8 Team Real Hero: Dr. David Zich
On Sunday, Reddick’s No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet will feature Dr. David Zich, an Internist specializing in Internal and Emergency Medicine. The Chicago, Illinois-based doctor has been recognized as a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians, denoting high achievement and fulfillment of rigorous professional standards for both specialties. Dr. Zich has also been recognized for his ability to explain complex medical topics to the general public.
The NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
No. 3 Team Real Hero: Wake-Forest Baptist Health
For Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway, Dillon and his No. 3 Dow/Keep America Beautiful Chevrolet team will be honoring Wake-Forest Baptist Health, the local hospital system for Richard Childress Racing. During the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical professionals at Wake-Forest Baptist Health have worked closely with RCR on health protocols, which have been key in keeping employees safe. In addition, several RCR team members have family members who work at Wake-Forest Baptist Health.
No. 8 Team Real Hero: OSF HealthCare Systems
On Wednesday, Reddick’s name will be replaced with OSF Healthcare Systems, a healthcare system located close to Caterpillar’s global headquarters in Peoria, Illinois. The staff at OSF has fought against COVID-19 both at their local hospital and locations across the country, with some of their staff traveling to New York and Chicago to provide further assistance where they can.
Coverage of The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway begins on Sunday May 17 at 3p.m. ET on FOX. FOX Sports 1 will air the NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday evening, May 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.