A Tribute to David Pearson
The 2019 throwback design honors fellow Shriner David Pearson, as it will replicate the livery of the Holman-Moody Racing Ford Torino Cobra that Pearson raced to his third and final NASCAR Cup Series championship in 1969; 50 years ago, and the same year that Pearson became a Shriner.
Having had so much success at Darlington Raceway, Ragan, Front Row Motorsports and the Shriners wanted to honor Pearson at the track that brought him so much glory.
Darlington Raceway announced in December that they would be paying tribute to Pearson, who is a Spartanburg, South Carolina native, during the 2019 race weekend as he has the most all-time NASCAR Cup victories at the track Too Tough To Tame with 10 wins including three Southern 500 victories.
In 1969, Pearson raced the Holman-Moody gold and blue Ford Torino Cobra to 11 wins, 14 poles and to his third championship over his rival, Richard Petty.
“When you remember or read about David Pearson, it’s all about the success he had on the track, and his legendary and Hall of Fame career. On the 50th anniversary of his last championship, and in one of the most iconic cars in our sport, we wanted to honor David Pearson and keep his memory alive.” – David Ragan
Members of the Pearson family were in attendance for the special morning, as well as Shriners and patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“David Pearson was one of our own and now we have a tremendous opportunity to recognize his life accomplishments on a national stage. We want to thank David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports and the Pearson's – we look forward to Labor Day weekend and seeing this car on the track.” – Jim Cain, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children