As part of the Cars & Stripes event at the Northamptonshire track, United Autosports will be displaying a 1977 ex-Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Nova NASCAR and a 1991 ex-Rick Mears Penske Indy Car. Both these cars are owned by United Autosports co-owner, Zak Brown and have been restored and maintained by the team at their workshop in Leeds, England.
The Chevrolet Nova was originally built as a Pontiac Ventura by Earnhardt’s father-in-law, Robert Gee, but became a Nova after Dale Sr. discovered the Chevy Nova drafted better. With the familiar Wrangler Jeans livery, Earnhardt won multiple events, at Caraway, Daytona, Rockingham and Charlotte with this vehicle as a Ventura in 1982 and 1983.
The Penske PC20 was driven by Rick Mears to victory from pole position at the 1991 Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway. The victory was Mears’ last Indy Car race win.
Although only a static display, both the Nova and Penske will feel firmly at home at Rockingham – with the American-style banked oval section being the main feature of the circuit – as the Cars & Stripes event celebrates all things American.
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“The Chevrolet and the Penske will fit in well at the Cars & Stripes event and I hope people will enjoy seeing them there. Although this time they are only on static display, we are hoping to take them back to Rockingham, especially the NASCAR, to do some testing. Seeing the Chevrolet take on the Rockingham oval would be a special sight.”
1977 Chevrolet Nova
Team: Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Driver: Dale Earnhardt
Performance Statistics: 800 horsepower, 0-60mph in 6 seconds, 205mph top speed
1991 Penske PC20
Manufacturer: Penske Cars
Team: Penske Racing
Driver: Rick Mears
Performance Statistics: 800 horsepower, 0-60mph in 3 seconds, 235mph top speed
Source. United Autosports