With Darlington moving earlier on the 2023 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series schedule, the series is once again participating officially in throwback weekend. While the past visits have included some throwback flair despite being on the non-throwback Labor Day weekend, this year will see a much larger participation.
23 of the 40 cars on the track will have throwbacks of some sort. In some cases, they will throwback to NASCAR’s past, in other cases, the past of their sponsors. Some may even have throwbacks to themselves. Here are the participating teams and drivers this year.
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#1 DARIK BOURDEAU – ELLIOTT SADLER ESPORTS
Darik Bourdeau and Sim Seats will throw back to 2006 and Kevin Harvick, the “QuickSilver” GM Goodwrench Chevrolet.
#3 JORDY LOPEZ – TEAM DILLON ESPORTS
Jordy Lopez and Coca-Cola will throw back to 2004 and Kevin Harvick, the “C2” Coca-Cola Chevrolet.
#6 TIMMY HOLMES – RFK RACING
Timmy Holmes and Castrol GTX are throwing back to the old branding of Castrol products. This is the same car that Brad Keselowski drove on Sunday in the NASCAR Cup Series Goodyear 400 at Darlington this past weekend.
#7 MALIK RAY – JIM BEAVER ESPORTS
Malik Ray and Jim Beaver’s Belching Beaver will throw back to 2008 and Kyle Busch, the “Pedigree ‘OH NO HE TURNED HIM’ Toyota that has been repurposed on this Jim Beaver #7 Ford.
#8 MICHAEL CONTI – JR MOTORSPORTS
Michael Conti and WR1 Sim Chassis will throw back to 2011 and the Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge. This is the scheme that Conti drove in that sim racing competition.
#11 PARKER WHITE / #66 TYLER GAREY – KANAAN ESPORTS
Both Parker White and Tyler Garey, sponsored by Micro Center and 7-Eleven, will throw back to the early 2010’s when Team Owner Tony Kanaan was sponsored by 7-Eleven in the NTT IndyCar Series.
#15 GARRETT LOWE – JIM BEAVER ESPORTS
Garrett Lowe and Big Green Egg will throw back to 2005 and Kasey Kahne, as well as his own paint scheme from his real-world racing career which was already paying tribute in a way to Kahne’s 2005 car. SOURCE: Garrett Lowe’s Twitter.
#17 KADEN HONEYCUTT – RFK RACING
Kaden Honeycutt and Fifth Third Bank will throw back (with the number font) to Matt Kenseth when he drove the No. 17 for what used to be Roush Fenway Racing. Similar to what Chris Buescher ran in the real-world race on Sunday.
#18 BOBBY ZALENSKI – JOE GIBBS RACING
Bobby Zalenski and Interstate Batteries will throw back to 2008 and Kyle Busch, specifically the car that was driven to victory in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona that year.
#27 CODY BYUS – ELLIOTT SADLER ESPORTS
Cody Byus and Sim Seats will throw back to 2006 and Kasey Kahne’s “Dodge Dodge”, which has been repurposed on this ESE Chevrolet.
#33 TUCKER MINTER – TEAM DILLON ESPORTS
Tucker Minter will have Funk Away on his car for the first time, and they will throw back to the early 1990s and the “Skoal Bandit” car driven by Harry Gant.
#36 BRANDON MCKISSIC – LETARTE ESPORTS
Goodyear sponsored the NASCAR Cup Series throwback race on Sunday at Darlington, and to celebrate their 125 year history, Brandon McKissic will carry a throwback scheme that nods to the company.
#38 MICHAEL COSEY JR – FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS
Michael Cosey Jr. will have Serial1.com E-Bikes on board, and as was done with Todd Gilliland on Sunday, the No. 38 will throw back to Elton Sawyer’s mid-to-late 1990’s Barbasol Ford.
#40 DYLAN AULT – LETARTE ESPORTS
Dylan Ault and Coca-Cola Zero will throw back to an older Coke Zero car, Kyle Petty’s 2007 Coke Zero Dodge that has been repurposed on this No. 40 Chevrolet.
#46 JIMMY MULLIS – RISE ESPORTS
Jimmy Mullis and Sunoco will celebrate the old branding of Sunoco and the South Carolina NASCAR Hall of Famers, including Cale Yarborough, Sam Ard, David Pearson, Bud Moore and Buddy Baker.
#54 DANIEL FAULKINGHAM – JOE GIBBS RACING
Joe Gibbs Racing and Interstate Batteries will have two Kyle Busch throwbacks as Daniel Faulkingham will drive the 2013 Interstate Batteries Toyota.
#51 DONOVAN STRAUSS / #55 VICENTE SALAS – WILLIAMS ESPORTS
Both Williams Esports drivers will be recognizing Formula 1 and Nigel Mansell’s 1992 World Championship, the famed FW14 designed by Adrian Newey, which featured active suspension. Thanks to my fellow Traxion.GG editor Ross McGregor for the history lesson on that!
#69 COLLIN BOWDEN – ERACR
Collin Bowden and eRacr will throw back to 2000 and Jeff Burton’s Exide Batteries lightning scheme, originally on a Ford and repurposed on this No. 69 Chevrolet.
#75 ZACK NOVAK – RISE ESPORTS
Another Jeff Burton throwback! Zack Novak and sunoco (who have been throwing it back all season long) will throw back this time to 1999 and Jeff Burton’s Exide Batteries Ford, repurposed as well on the No. 75 Chevrolet.
#88 KEVIN KING – JR MOTORSPORTS
A multi-faceted throwback. Kevin King and Ledford Billiard Supply will throw back to 2008 and Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Amp Energy Chevrolet. “King helped design the iconic No. 88 that the third-generation star would carry for the remainder of his career,” reads King’s JR Motorsport’s driver page.
#95 CASEY KIRWAN – XSET
Casey Kirwan and XSET will throw back to 2011 and Tony Stewart’s championship-winning Office Depot Chevrolet. The defending champ in a champion’s car. Also, Kirwan drove the No. 14 earlier in his eNASCAR career for Clint Bowyer Racing, when Clint was driving for Tony Stewart’s team.
TEAMS NOT PARTICIPATING
The teams that did not participate with Throwback Schemes on Tuesday night included:
- #2 Corey Vincent (Pittsburgh Knights)
- #4 Ryan Luza (XSET)
- #10 Steven Wilson (Stewart-Haas Esports)
- #12 Garrett Manes (FGR Accel eRacing)
- #14 Joey Brown (FGR Accel eRacing)
- #20 Wyatt Tinsley (Kansas City Pioneers)
*This car will have a new scheme this week
- #23 Keegan Leahy (23XI Racing)
- #25 Nick Ottinger (William Byron Esports)
- #31 Derek Justis (Kansas City Pioneers)
*This car will have a new scheme this week
- #34 Allen Boes (Front Row Motorsports)
- #41 Dylan Duval (Stewart-Haas Esports)
- #42 Kollin Keister (eRacr)
- #43 Femi Olatunbosun (Charlotte Phoenix)
- #45 Michael Guest (23XI Racing)
- #48 Graham Bowlin (Charlotte Phoenix)
- #77 Ryan Doucette (Pittsburgh Knights)
- #97 Matt Bussa (William Byron Esports)