Toyota Racing and Richmond Raceway took over the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. on Tuesday to promote the upcoming Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 20-21. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) President David Wilson along with Toyota Racing driver of the No. 20 for Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones and crewman on the No. 11 Toyota Camry Caleb Hurd joined Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier at various stops around campus to speak with college students and meet with the Virginia Tech Hokies football team. Wilson and Hurd both graduated from Virginia Tech.
“I was humbled to be back on campus at my alma mater, Virginia Tech,” said TRD President Wilson. “I have such fond memories of my time in Blacksburg, so being joined by Erik (Jones), Caleb (Hurd), and Dennis (Bickmeier) made it all the more memorable. This was the perfect way to start the countdown to Toyota Racing’s return to Richmond Raceway for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 20-21.”
The day began with the group speaking to a group of Virginia Tech engineering students in Goodwin Hall. The group then proceeded to have a special encounter with Virginia Tech Football Head Coach Justin Fuente and Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster. The coaches showed the Toyota Racing group as well as our Richmond President around the Athletics Center. The tour included the weight room, trophy room, and the Hokie Legend wall. The tour completed at the indoor practice field, where the entire group participated in some football exercises. The group continued their day by making additional stops around campus including checking out the robotics lab, a smart building, and autonomous vehicle lab.
“The College Extravaganza Tour made its way to Virginia Tech for a great day visiting with students and sharing about NASCAR,” said driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry Erik Jones. “I look forward to returning to Virginia in two weeks for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend at Richmond Raceway.”
In addition to visiting with students throughout the day, the group spoke to students about NASCAR and encouraged them to attend the upcoming Toyota Spring Race Weekend at Richmond on April 20-21. College students can receive a ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for $24.
“Richmond Raceway is always looking for ways to engage with college students throughout the Commonwealth, and being able to join Toyota Racing at Virginia Tech makes for a special day,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “I was able to share motorsports stories with students and hopefully inspire them to attend a NASCAR race in the future. Thanks to our dedicated partners at Toyota for helping spread the word about the upcoming Toyota Spring Race Weekend. I look forward to welcoming David (Wilson), Erik (Jones), and Caleb (Hurd) back to the Capital City on April 20-21.”
Richmond’s new college program, Jorts & Tanks, will take place on Saturday, April 21 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Covered Arena, located beside the Midway. The new program is open to all college students with a ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 and a valid ID. Jorts & Tanks will feature a tailgate party with six hours of music from Virginia bands in partnership with WVCW, Virginia Commonwealth University’s independent college radio station. For more information, visit richmondraceway.com/jorts&tanks.
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The Toyota Spring Race Weekend returns “under the lights” for the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash4Cash race and TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on April 20-21. The third annual Track Takeover driven by AAA will allow fans on the historic Richmond track prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 on April 21 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Richmond’s Fall Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, will make history with the grand opening of Richmond Raceway Reimagined (Reimagined), a $30 million infield redevelopment project, along with hosting the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race and the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Sept. 21-22. To learn more about Reimagined, visit richmondracewayreimagined.com.
Tickets for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend and Fall Playoff Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.