Glendale Honors Nascar Driver

Glendale Honors NASCAR Driver's Need for Speed
Posted on 03/11/2021
Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers pronounced Thursday, March 11, as, “Michael McDowell Day” in honor of hometown hero and driver of the #34 Love’s Travel Stops Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series, Michael McDowell.

This honor comes off a streak of three top-10 finishes including McDowell’s first win in the NASCAR Cup Series at the 2021 DAYTONA 500, taking home the Harley J. Earl trophy.

McDowell brought that trophy with him to a special recognition ceremony and press event held at Glendale’s Civic Center today. He returns to the West Valley for the NASCAR Cup Series Instacart 500 race taking place March 14 at Phoenix Raceway. 

“To bring this Harley J. Earl trophy to Glendale, Arizona is really special,” said Michael McDowell. “It’s been an incredible journey from the time I started racing go-karts here in the Valley to getting into the Cup Series, to being in the Cup Series for 14 years and finally getting my first win. I’m so incredibly thankful.” 

McDowell, a Glendale native, started racing at a young age, initially with BMX bikes and go-karts. He spent leisure time on wheels at Glendale’s own Great Skate. He moved to stock car racing in 2006 and his first Cup Series season came in 2008. In 2018, the NASCAR driver joined Front Row Motorsports steering the team’s flagship #34 Ford.

“Throughout Michael’s career, he has shown true grit and what he’s made out of. I think a lot of that has to do with Glendale,” said Mayor Jerry P. Weiers. “This is the kind of people we have in Glendale. They’re hardworking, gracious and just plain good people. They’re people that can accomplish just about anything that they set their minds to. I truly couldn’t be prouder to be the Mayor of Glendale and I know we’re all proud to call Michael a local.”