Jared Irvan, the 19-year-old son of former Cup driver Ernie Irvan, will drive a throwback K&N East Pro Series car that honors his father July 8 at Thompson Speedway for Martin-McClure Racing, the team announced Tuesday.
The K&N East Pro Series is returning to the Connecticut track for the first time since 2009 to run the NASCAR Busch North Throwback 100.
Jared Irvan will be making his second career series start. His previous start came in 2015. Ernie Irvan drove for Morgan-McClure Racing from 1990-93, winning seven races, including the 1991 Daytona 500.
Jared Irvan’s car will be a bright yellow No. 4, mirroring the Kodak car Ernie Irvan drove for Morgan-McClure Racing.
“This is an exciting day,” Ernie Irvan said at the Martin-McClure Racing shop, which is in the former home of Morgan-McClure Racing in Abingdon, Virginia. “It’s kind of like being at a family reunion, knowing the history of Morgan-McClure Racing.”
Said Jared Irvan: “It’s really cool to be able to drive a car that has this much history behind it. I’m just happy to be here and be able to drive it. Hopefully will be able to put it in victory lane.”