Marathon Coach Las Vegas NASCAR Rally Recap Video Day 2
One of the things that sets NASCAR apart from other sports is how accessible these driving stars truly are, especially with this VIP experience. Marathon coach owner Jimmie Johnson, who began his NASCAR career in 2000 and is one of only three drivers in the history of the sport to win seven cup championships, provided an interview and Q&A session to the intimate crowd within the confines of Marathon’s base camp. Up and comer Chase Elliott did the same, answering questions not only about his career, but also about his new Marathon coach and his famous father, Bill Elliott. Other interviewees included Vice Chairman of NASCAR Mike Helton, EVP/Chief Racing Development Officer of NASCAR Steve O’Donnell and NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller.
And then there’s “The King”: There’s a reason the moniker has stuck. Probably NASCAR’s all-time great is Marathon coach owner Richard Petty, who dominated NASCAR from the late fifties to the early nineties. People were drawn to him the moment he entered the tent Saturday evening, and he greeted each person warmly, wrapping an arm around him or her as if they’d been friends for decades. After a few photos and countless hugs and handshakes, the man in black – sporting his signature Stetson hat, dark sunglasses and logoed bomber jacket – slipped out the door as quietly as he slipped in.