Race 29: Charlotte No. 8 CAT Next Gen Excavators Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL
Daniel Hemric will be making his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start on the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course during this weekend's 109-lap event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native made his second-career Cup Series start at the ROVAL in 2018, starting 11th and finishing 23rd after being involved in the day's largest incident.
Meet the Driver
Hemric is scheduled to be at the RCR merchandise trailer in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone for an autograph session on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 12:40 p.m. local time. He will also be making an appearance at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Paddock Club at 1:10 p.m. local time that same afternoon.
Hemric will sign autographs at the Maui-Jim display at 10:30 a.m. local time on Sunday in the fan zone, followed by appearing at the Caterpillar 'In The Trenches' mobile road show for a Q&A session on Sunday, Sept. 29, starting at 10:50 a.m. local time.
"I thought we had a pretty good shot to win last year's Xfinity Series race at the ROVAL, but I wheel-hopped coming through the final chicane, had to serve a stop-and-go penalty and still came back to finish 10th. We were fast all weekend with the Cup car last year as well. We were running inside the top 10 late in the race but were caught up in that melee into Turn 1 and that hurt the overall result at the end of the day. Anytime you're racing in front of your hometown it is special. The track has implemented the new backstretch chicane, and from what I can tell it is way slower than what was there for last year's race. It seems to be very slow and very technical. That is going to change things up a lot this year. It will change everyone's gear ratios, the approach to that part of the track, and I feel like it will become a valuable passing zone. Last year, it was kind of like a life-or-death decision to make a pass through there - which made it fun for the drivers and exciting for the fans. This year, you will need to be more patient and have more technique to not only get through that section of the track but to make passes there. I'm pumped to get there, I'm pumped to carry this amazing Cat Next Gen Excavator scheme on our No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and I'm pumped to see what we can do."
Visit Caterpillar's 'In The Trenches' Mobile Road Show
The new Caterpillar 'In The Trenches' mobile road show will be set up in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone throughout the weekend and is open for fans to walk through the experience to learn all about the new Next Gen Mini Excavators, enjoy demo stations, immersive theater experience, fun, games, talk with Caterpillar representatives and try your hand operating the new Cat Next Gen Mini Excavators on the slalom course or in the cab tilt competitions. Media are invited to tour the Caterpillar 'In The Trenches' mobile road show on Friday, Sept. 27, starting at 10 a.m. local time. Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled to provide transportation from infield media center. The No. 8 pit crew is scheduled to interact with fans at the 'In The Trenches' mobile road show on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 11 a.m. local time.
About Caterpillar Next Gen Excavators
The 306CR Next Gen Excavator featured on RCR's No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the latest in the revolutionary new line of Caterpillar excavators that are changing the earthmoving industry. The car design features the names of dozens of customers on the decklid that inspired our new machines that provide customers with industry first features such as stick steer control, as well as huge productivity advantages and significantly lower owning and operating costs. Additionally, the hood of the car features the iconic Cat logo that includes over 300 names of the customers and dealers and Cat team members that inspired and created the Next Gen Excavators which provide the first true differentiation in excavators in decades.