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.
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.
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.
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Feature Photo Credit: Harold Hinson Photography for Chevy Racing