Racing is widely known as a family affair. Jared Irvan, the son of 1991 Daytona 500 winner Ernie Irvan, will be part of the field at Saturday’s Full Throttle 100 at Citrus County Speedway (FL). His car will be bearing the name of a member of another famous racing family.
Irvan’s car will carry the Dale Jr. Download logos this weekend as he competes in the $10,000-to-win Super Late Model race in Central Florida. The support comes on the heels of Ernie Irvan’s appearance on the popular podcast in September.
As a display of his gratitude for the appearance on the show, Ernie requested permission to carry the Dirty Mo Media and Dale Jr. Download branding on Jared’s car for the upcoming race, permission which was granted.
“It’s really cool,” Jared Irvan told Speed51. “It’s definitely a good opportunity and I hope we represent him well. We appreciate him letting us put his name on the car. Hopefully he gets some good exposure from it.”
Jared also noted a parallel between this moment and one of the very first moments in his father’s racing career. Ernie Irvan’s NASCAR Cup Series debut came in 1987 at Richmond Raceway (VA). The car, built and prepared by Irvan and Marc Reno, was sponsored by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.
“It’s kind of cool that my dad’s career started in NASCAR with Dale, Sr.’s name on the side of his car. It’s kind of a generational thing, that now Dale, Jr.’s name is on the side of my car.”
Irvan enters the race with confidence in his car’s raw speed. Now, he hopes to find some long-run pace to compete for a race win.
“I’m feeling pretty confident. We’ve had some pretty good runs there. We’ve had a lot of good speed, we just haven’t been able to close it out. Hopefully, this weekend, we can get it fast in the race and not just qualifying.
“We’ve been racing a little bit at Citrus. It’s been a learning experience for sure. We’ve been getting the hang of it a little bit. Hopefully we can continue to improve.”
The competition will be especially stiff this weekend. Along with the Citrus County standouts such as Anthony Sergi, Jesse Dutilly and Anthony Cataldi, drivers such as Stephen Nasse, Bubba Pollard and Jake Garcia will be gunning for the $10,000 prize.
Irvan is keeping all of that in perspective, treating it as another race despite the big money and star-studded field.
“It’s just another race. Even in smaller CARS Tour races, I’ve gone against Bubba Pollard before, but he’s definitely tough competition. I’m expecting he’ll be fast this weekend, and all the people familiar with the track will be fast as well.”
Race fans unable to make the trip to Citrus County Speedway can watch Saturday’s race live on Speed51.TV by clicking here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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