Daytona 500 Firebird 1

The Harley J Earl Trophy is given to the Winner of the Daytona 500

The NASCAR Daytona 500 in 2018 is the 60th running of the American Race. In honor of this, General Motors has brought out the Firebird 1 concept car to display to the fans. Looking at the picture one could wonder what this particular car, which looks nothing like a stock car, has to do with the Daytona 500.

Jim Campbell, US Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Rick Hendrick, Team Owner, Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress, Team Owner, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi, Team Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing and Richard Petty, Team Owner, Richard Petty Motorsports
Jim Campbell, US Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Rick Hendrick, Team Owner, Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress, Team Owner, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi, Team Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing and Richard Petty, Team Owner, Richard Petty Motorsports

In 1953 Harley J. Earl designed the Firebird 1 prototype. Earl is sometimes referred to as the father of the Corvette. Earl was also the Second Commissioner of NASCAR.

Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, poses for a photo during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo Credit: 353893 Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, poses for a photo during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo Credit: 353893 Jerry Markland/Getty Images

The Trophy awarded to the Winners of the Daytona 500 is called the Harley J. Earl Trophy. It is adorned on top by a model of the iconic Firebird 1 concept car in honor to Earl. The Trophy stays in Daytona and each winner receives a smaller replica.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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Feature Photo Credit: Harold Hinson Photography for Chevy Racing