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Kerry Earnhardt drives father Dale Sr.’s No. 3 at Goodwood Festival (PHOTO)

Jun 29, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

In addition to all the racing action this weekend, the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed is taking place over in England. The annual gathering features race cars from past and present taking part in both demo runs and in competition runs on a 1.16-mile course.

Kerry Earnhardt has already attended Goodwood twice in 2010 and 2013, and he’s back again to drive the 2000 No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet that his late father, seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., piloted.

Also in attendance for Goodwood is three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti, who tweeted this awesome shot today of Kerry driving the famous No. 3 from the cockpit of a Mercedes-Benz DTM touring car.

Yesterday, the RCR camp also tweeted this shot:

In 2013, Kerry drove another one of his father’s 2000-spec No. 3 Chevys at Goodwood. Three years before, in his first Goodwood appearance, Kerry was in the No. 3 that took Dale Sr. to victory in the 1995 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Also part of the RCR contingent at Goodwood this year is Max Papis, who is slated to take part in competition runs in the current No. 3 Chevy of Cup rookie Austin Dillon.

  1. Matthew - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    There are certain things in motorsports that are just iconic…the red cars of Ferrari in Formula 1, the yellow Corvettes’ in sports car racing…and then there’s the Black #3 from the world of NASCAR.

    • blockhead11 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      @Matthew–yep..your right..and i think most drivers who raced Earnhardt would much rather see the rear of the car then be seeing the front(coming)

      • Matthew - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        That is true, my friend…I just think its’ quite fitting to see one of the most iconic racecars in all of motorsports at the Goodwood Festival; its’ like I said in my comment: there are certain iconic images in racing (i.e. the red Ferraris of F1, the yellow Chaparral & Pennzoil cars in Indycar, the Silk Cut prototypes & Corvettes over in the sportscar world, etc.)…and alongside them is Black #3 from NASCAR. Say whatever you want about NASCAR in general, but there is no way on this earth that you cannot talk about iconic racecars in motor racing and NOT include the Black #3 that Dale Earnhardt drove in NASCAR.

  2. blockhead11 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    @Matthew–yep..your right..and i think most drivers who raced Earnhardt would much rather see the rear of the car then be seeing the front(coming)

  3. grgstrickland - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Kerry sure looks like the late great itimidater

  4. abninf - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Only an Earnhardt should drive a 3 car. This Dillion kid needs his number stripped. Disgrace.

    • runninron69 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      It’s not “his” number. It belongs to his grandfather Richard Childress and NASCAR can’t strip the number. Maybe for extreme rules violations which are beyond anything Richard would ever do, I’m sure. Maybe you should make sure you have your facts right before you go shooting off your pie-hole. Idiot.

      • abninf - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:37 AM

        I didn’t call it “his” number. I know Childress owns it. The point flew way over your head. You are’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

    • whylime0402 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      What about all the other race car drivers who drive or have driven a number 3? Most legendarily drivers don’t want to see the numbers retired. Earnhardt Jr said that NASCAR numbers are like a bank, they have a history attached to them and each person that runs that number adds to it. Childress himself raced under it before Earnhardt raced for him. Maybe he wanted his grandson to race a number he raced? And it is widely said that Earnhardt himself didn’t believe in retiring them. He himself drove a variety of numbers, just was most famous for the 3. Finally, NASCAR only uses single or double digit numbers. If they retired them, they’d run out pretty quickly. It is only a number. Earnhardt’s legacy isn’t going to be tarnished by someone else racing under it.

  5. aug99 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Of all the awful wrecks his dad was in, the one at Daytona that ended his life surprised me.
    It just didn’t seem like it was that much of a hard hit?
    Bad timing perhaps ?
    Either way, too bad. Junior in racing, misses him the most. For years after dads death junior was lost. Landing at Hendrick was the best thing for him.
    He will never be the driver dad was, but I still wish him the best.

    • runninron69 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      It really wasn’t that hard of a hit. What killed him was the fact that the adjuster for his left side chest belt was sitting on top of the belt label (made of slick nylon cloth) which allowed the belt to de-adjust leading to him slamming into the steering wheel, snapping his head forward, detaching his spine from the base of his skull, killing him. All this happened in approx. .10 of a second.

    • indycarseries500 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      You didn’t think that was a hard hit?!

    • whylime0402 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      He hit a wall dead on at 200mph. That is the speed a plane goes at take off. The energy from the impact wasn’t dispersed like it would have been if the car tumbled and tore apart. Bodies aren’t made to take an impact like that.

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