Former Le Mans 24 Hours Winner Earl Bamber to Make NASCAR Debut at Daytona

Published 08/01/2020, 9:53 AM EDT

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Earl Bamber will be making his NASCAR debut this month. Bamber is an accomplished professional racer and a native of Wanganui, New Zealand.

He also possesses experience in driving on the Daytona Road Course, having scored four podium finishes there in seven races. The kind of experience that will go a long way when he races in NASCAR.

He will race for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 21 KCMG Chevrolet.


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The team made the announcement on Twitter on Friday, saying, “NEWS: RCR announced today that @KCMotorgroup is returning for a fourth consecutive year of partnership. @earlbamber will make his career-first @NASCAR_Xfinity Series start in the No. 21 KCMG Chevy at the @DISupdates road course.”

Earl Bamber himself replied to this, “The news is out! I’m so excited to announce I will be making my @NASCAR debut in the @XfinityRacing Series with @RCRracing and @KCMotorgroup at the @DISupdates road course. Let’s go get a (win) #TeamRCR #NASCAR.”

Earl Bamber excited about the new challenge

Bamber, a Porsche factory driver, won the Le Mans 24 Hour overall championship twice, in 2015 and 2017.

This will be an interesting experience for Bamber, who will make his first NASCAR appearance in the Xfinity Series race on August 15.

“I’ve dreamed about competing in NASCAR my entire life, so I am so thankful to Richard Childress, KCMG and everyone who has played a role in creating this opportunity for me,” Bamber said, as per a statement from the team.


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“I know that RCR has a storied history of cultivating talent and will give me all of the tools I need to succeed. I’m looking forward to the race,” Bamber added.

KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) will also sponsor Tyler Reddick, alongside Bamber. Reddick also races for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series.

“It’s extremely special for KCMG to be aligned with Earl Bamber and Tyler Reddick this year,” Richard Childress said in a statement.


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These two up-and-coming drivers have shown talent and promise. I’ve been watching Earl for a number of years, and I’m pleased to have him join RCR’s strong NASCAR Xfinity Series program,” he added.




Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.