In the world of sports car racing, Earl Bamber is well-known for his performances at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. He has, after all, competed on the course seven times, earning four podium finishes in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series. Stock car racing, however, is an entirely different animal. The New Zealand native took on the challenge of NASCAR racing by making his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course with RCR.
Bamber was paired with KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) for the race, marking KCMG’s fourth consecutive year of partnership with RCR following a successful 2019 campaign.
After starting in the 29th position with no practice or qualifying, Bamber displayed his road course racing talents by driving the No. 21 KCMG Chevrolet inside the top-five, finishing Stage 1 in the fifth position.
In Stage 2, Bamber continued to impress and made his presence known to all by running inside the top-three for most of the stage before finishing the stage in the seventh position.
Unfortunately, during the final stage of the race, Bamber found trouble in the bus stop, sending the No. 21 KCMG Chevrolet airborne. The damage ultimately ended Bamber’s promising run early.
“Daytona was a wild first race in the KCMG Chevrolet. We had a really good first stage, starting from about 30th all the way up to fifth. Our car was really strong on the short run. In the second stint, we were getting it tuned up, but on the long runs we just didn’t have any drive-off. In the final stage, I wheel hopped in the chicane, which ended our day. She picked up and went in the air before going into the wall. Thank you to RCR, KCMG, and Chevrolet for getting us onto the grid. I absolutely loved it. Man, it’s such a challenge to drive these cars, so I’ll definitely have to get out and give it another go sometime. It’s a challenge I want to try again, but first I want to send a big thank you to everyone. It’s a shame on the result, but definitely had a few good stages there.” – Earl Bamber