RCD Espanyol of LaLiga and Richmond Kickers Visit Richmond Raceway
Richmond Raceway welcomed players from RCD Espanyol of LaLiga, Spain’s premier professional soccer division, to the track for pace car rides and made a few laps in the Richmond Raceway eSports iRacing simulator. The group got to experience the thrill of taking laps around America’s Premier Short Track in the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car.
“It’s always enjoyable to introduce new people to Richmond Raceway and the sport of NASCAR,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “It was a pleasure hosting players of RDC Espanyol and Richmond Kickers for pace car rides and laps in the Richmond Raceway eSports simulator. I think we gained some new NASCAR fans. We look forward to welcoming them back to the track in the future.”
The RCD Espanyol team made the trip to Richmond for an exhibition match against the Richmond Kickers. Players in attendance from RCD Espanyol included: Sergi Darder, Mario Hermoso, Didac Vilá, Victor Sánchez, Roberto Jiménez, and Sergio Sánchez. The Richmond Kickers were represented by Conor Shanosky and Giuseppe Gentile.
“We have Formula 1 next to us in Spain, so it’s different and another kind of racing,” said RCD Espanyol goalkeeper Roberto Jiménez. “The cars are going fast, and I can’t imagine the people in a full grandstands. I would like to come for a real race.”
When taking their pace laps, the players got a small glimpse of the future of Richmond is going to look like. Reimagined is bringing new attractions and state of the art fan-based attractions to the DC Solar FanGrounds, allowing race fans to get closer than ever to NASCAR’s best with new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garages and fan-viewing walkways providing full immersion into the sport.
Additional new attractions include multiple entertainment and social engagement areas, an expanded variety of concessions, and an all-new Gatorade Victory Lane, which will provide fans the opportunity to be a part of the post-race celebrations, along with activities before the race, with driver appearances, and other interactive programming.
The 80-person Victory Lane Club will be flanked by two new garage suites with a view into the Monster Energy Series garages. Reimagined will also provide partners with new fan engagement opportunities and innovative signage that is unprecedented in the market.
The modernized infield debuts over Richmond’s inaugural Fall Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 21-22. Fans can purchase tickets to be in the new infield and become a part of history. One-day ($70) and two-day ($125) tickets are available for purchase online at richmondraceway.com, by calling 866-455-7223 or visiting the Richmond Ticket Office.
Media can learn more about Reimagined at richmondracewayreimagined.com.
Richmond Raceway 2018 NASCAR Season
NASCAR returns for Richmond’s first-ever Fall Playoff Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, with the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Pole Qualifying, and Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Sept. 21-22. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make his return to competition in the Go Bowling 250. The track will also make history with the grand opening of the DC Solar FanGrounds as part of Richmond Raceway Reimagined, a $30 million infield redevelopment project.
The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) will run the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic on Saturday, October 20 at Richmond. The race will be the penultimate race of the PASS National Championship Series. PASS Super Late Models will headline the day with feature events for Tour-Type Modifieds, Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks. To learn more, visit richmondraceway.com or proallstarsseries.com.
Tickets for the Fall Playoff Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, and PASS Commonwealth Classic are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.
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