Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner will return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the fifth time, looking to improve the record he set in 2014 with a Toyota Tundra truck that previously competed in the NCWTS.
Skinner and business partner Andrew Franzone will return to Goodwood with two trucks, both carrying Skinner’s familiar No. 5. Franzone will make an exhibition run in the truck Skinner used to set a new class speed record in 2014, with Skinner campaigning a second entry truck showcasing partnerships with Textron Aviation, Cessna, Beechcraft, Remington, Venus Over Manhattan, Sentinel, Maui Jim, Justin Boots, Charlie 1 Horse Hat Company, C&R Racing and Racecar Solutions.
Additionally, a special decal for Hope For The Warriors will showcase the charitable organization that both Skinner and Franzone support.
In 2014, Skinner broke the record for a NASCAR-style stock car to win the Early Rally Cars division, shattering a record formerly held by Rusty Wallace to complete the 1.16-mile hill climb in just 50.75-seconds. Prepared by Skinner and his two sons, Jamie and Dustin, this year’s truck was purchased from Bill Davis and was originally driven by Johnny Benson during his 2008 NCWTS championship run.
"The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of my favorite events," Skinner said. "It's so iconic, and it brings together the best drivers and cars from all forms of motorsports. By itself, it's a very special event to be a part of, but the way that we do it makes it even more special to me. My sons come along and work as mechanics on our trucks, and we have a group of partners that have become close friends to Angie and me. It's like a big family. To be able to represent not only those companies, but also NASCAR as a whole, makes me very proud. We've spent a lot of time over the last 12 months building a bad ass truck, and we hope to go out there and improve on the record we set last year.
"Andrew Franzone has been so great coming on board and backing this effort as our team owner," Skinner said. "To have his support on this deal for the second year in a row has been a lot of fun.”
Hosted by Lord March at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England, the 23rd annual event on June 25-28 will feature every kind of car imaginable from the 1800s through today and will attract some of the most accomplished drivers in motorsports. This year’s event will also feature competition-used NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars from Richard Childress Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing, as well as show cars from Joe Gibbs Racing and JR Motorsports. Richard Petty will also showcase his famous Plymouth Superbird.
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