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DiGard Racing Highlights

  • 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup ChampionDiGard
  • 43 NASCAR Cup Series wins; still among the top-15 in all-time Cup Series wins for car ownersDiGard
  • 1982 Daytona 500 winnerDiGard
  • Second-place in NASCAR Cup Series points in 1979 and 1982DiGard
  • Implemented the first formal long-term written driver contract in NASCAR with Darrell Waltrip in 1975, turning the sport into a business and paving the way for many of the successful owners that are in the sport todayDiGard
  • Brought first national non-automotive consumer sponsorship to the sport, GatoradeDiGard
  • Developed power steering in NASCAR, lengthening the career of driversDiGard
  • First team to hire a Vice President of Marketing, Paul LufkinDiGard
  • DiGard Racing was the first major Cup Team to support a diversity program in 1986 with African-American driver Willy T. RibbsDiGard
  • First team owner to lease engines to other teams; Richard Petty won races 199 and 200 with a DiGard Racing engine (Petty’s 200th winning car and the DiGard engine resides in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.)DiGard
  • First team to start a dedicated Research and Development teamDiGard
  • Three cars in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Ala.: the 1977 Gatorade Chevrolet, nicknamed “Bertha” by Darrell Waltrip, that won 19 races from 1977 through 1980; the 1983 Miller Beer Buick driven by Bobby Allison during DiGard’s 1983 championship season; and the 1985 DiGard Racing Research and Development Chevrolet driven to victory by Greg Sacks at Daytona in 1985.
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