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Michael McDowell Will Debut With RCR at Road America

Michael McDowell Will Debut With RCR at Road America

Michael McDowell Will Debut With RCR at Road America

NASCAR XFINITY Series - Road America
August 27, 2016 - Road America-Plymouth, WI

This Week's Rheem Chevrolet at Road America
Michael McDowell will pilot chassis No. 133 at Road America for the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet has been utilized at the two previous road course events this season where Paul Menard and Sam Hornish Jr. finished second at both Watkins Glen International and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Welcome to the Team
This weekend, the No. 2 team welcomes a new driver to their lineup for the 2016 season. Michael McDowell will make his first start with the RCR team at Road America.

Road Course Ringer
In two previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Road America, McDowell has recorded one pole award and a runner-up finish. He holds an average starting position of 3.2, coupled with an average finishing position of 20.2. The NASCAR regular is no stranger to road course racing, McDowell has captured two pole awards, three top-five and five top-10 finishes in 12 road course starts in the XFINITY Series. He also has 31 starts in the NASCAR Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series, earning one victory, two pole awards and four podium finishes.

Cold Weather on the Horizon
Rheem, a world leader in advanced heating technology has quiet, efficient, reliable heating solutions for every need and budget. The Rheem flagship is the R97V Prestige Series Gas Furnace that delivers industry-first patented modulating features and 360°+1 engineering that makes this Prestige Furnace the smartest heating option from top to bottom, inside and out, and every angle in between. The patented heat exchanger design provides optimized airflow, the variable-speed ECM motor is quieter and more energy efficient. And, these Rheem Prestige Furnaces are engineered to provide better humidity control while using less power. That's why Rheem Prestige Furnaces will be keeping thousands of Midwest homes warm and comfy no matter what Old Man Winter has in mind.

New Leader
With the win this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the No. 2 Rheem team took over the XFINITY Series owner's championship point standings. The RCR team has a 13-point lead over second place with 11 races left in the season.

No. 2 Team by the Numbers
With 22 XFINITY Series events complete in 2016, the No. 2 team has two victories, one pole award, 14 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes, with 34 laps led to their credit. Paul Menard returns to the driver's seat of the No. 2 Chevrolet next weekend at Darlington Raceway for NASCAR's throwback weekend.

You're making your debut with Richard Childress Racing this weekend in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America.

"I am excited to race for RCR at Road America. I have been close to winning there so many times in the past and I feel like this can by the year we can do it. I hope to put the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet in Victory Lane on Saturday."

NASCAR XFINITY Series Results at Road America

  • Starts: 2
  • Wins: 0
  • Poles: 1
  • Top 5: 0
  • Top 10: 0
  • Average Start: 3.2
  • Average Finish: 20.2