CarParts.com with CARDONE Proud Partner of Front Row Motorsports and NASCAR Cup Series Driver Michael McDowell August 29
CarParts.com with CARDONE Proud Partner of Front Row Motorsports and NASCAR Cup Series Driver Michael McDowell August 29

CarParts.com and CARDONE Head to Daytona with Michael McDowell on August 29th

On Saturday, August 29th, we’re thrilled to hit the track again with Michael McDowell and Front Row Motorsports (FRM). This time, our friends at CARDONE—-one of the world’s largest remanufacturers that specializes in innovative, reverse-engineered parts—will be joining us on the No. 34. Debuting a new rippled theme, CarParts.com will be the primary sponsor of McDowell with CARDONE serving as a co-primary partner at the Daytona International Speedway.

The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona is sure to be an exciting race, as McDowell will be vying for a spot in the playoffs. Tune in to NBC on August 29th at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT and cheer him on with us!

Stay tuned for more updates on McDowell and the No. 34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang!

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CarParts.com Makes Winning Bid in Auction of All-Star Bumper in Support of MRO

Company Makes Additional Donation to Victory Junction

Bubba Wallace Bumper

Many thanks to drivers Michael McDowell and Bubba Wallace for allowing us to be a part of their missions within the racing community. We’re honored to be working with such great people and organizations within the NASCAR family! Read the full story from FRM’s press release:

CarParts.com, the e-commerce auto parts company, recently made the winning bid of $20,034 for the No. 43 bumper from the first-ever NASCAR All-Star race at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, with all proceeds benefiting Motor Racing Outreach (MRO). Now, CarParts.com will pay it forward by making an additional donation of $20,043 to Victory Junction in honor of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr., and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM).

The front bumper off the No. 43 was placed on the No. 34 hauler immediately after an on-track incident between McDowell and Wallace during the NASCAR All-Star race event. Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and McDowell quickly made plans to auction the bumper to benefit MRO with the blessing of Wallace and RPM as well as the aid of The NASCAR Foundation. The bumper proved to be a popular item, and in its first day of bidding rose to over $15,000. A final push put it over to $20,000 with the final bid coming from CarParts.com.

"We are proud and excited to be a participant in the NASCAR community," said Lev Peker, CEO of CarParts.com. "We felt that making the final bid allowed us to continue to do good for everyone in the community - and beyond. We're proud to donate to Motor Racing Outreach on behalf of Front Row Motorsports and #34 Michael McDowell and make an additional donation to Victory Junction on behalf of Richard Petty Motorsports and #43 Bubba Wallace."

For over 30 years, MRO has been travelling the NASCAR circuit, providing spiritual support to drivers and their families. MRO is the center for children who travel with their racing families, providing a safe place to play and learn at the track. MRO also provides a weekly service to all drivers and crew members. The charitable organization relies on donations to continue to travel and serve. McDowell serves as a board member.

"I have to thank our partner, CarParts.com for making such a generous impact to MRO, through The NASCAR Foundation, and to Victory Junction," said McDowell. "It's amazing to see the attention the auction got and what an impact we've all made. I must thank Bob Jenkins (owner) of Front Row Motorsports for having this idea and then letting us all put it together for such great causes."

Victory Junction is a medically safe camping facility that provides a life-changing experience for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The camp was founded by the Petty family in honor of Adam Petty.

"It's like I said before, we're making lemonade out of lemons," said Wallace. "And now we're making a lot of lemonade for the children at Victory Junction and that's pretty cool. Thanks to CarParts.com for making this donation and creating a big win for everyone."

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MichaelMcDowell

  • Birthdate: December 21, 1984
  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
  • Residence: Huntersville, NC
  • Wife: Jami
  • Children: Trace, Emma, Rylie, and Lucas
Michael McDowell

Career Highlights

  • World Karting Association Championship
  • 2 International Kart Federation Championships
  • 2002 - Formula Renault USA Championship
  • 2003 - Star Mazda Series Rookie of the Year
  • 2004 - Star Mazda Series Championship
  • 2007 - ARCA Re/MAX Series Rookie of the Year
  • 2011, 2013 - 2 NASCAR Xfinity Series Poles
  • 2016 - 1 NASCAR Xfinity Series Win
  • 2020 - 7 Top-15 and 2 Top-10 Finishes to Date

Michael McDowell has been on a race track almost his entire life. At the early age of three, when most kids were learning to ride a tricycle, McDowell began competing in bicycle motocross (BMX) events. At eight years old, he moved up to four wheels and started kart racing, traveling the country for the next 10 years – along the way winning 18 consecutive feature races, a World Karting Association championship and back-to-back International Kart Federation championships.

Still in his teens, McDowell graduated to larger open-wheel race cars, earning a championship in Formula Renault USA in 2002. Moving to the Star Mazda Series, he took Rookie of the Year honors in 2003 and yet another championship title in 2004, a season in which he had seven wins and six poles.

Continuing to climb the racing ladder, McDowell turned to sports car racing. He competed in 29 races in the Grand-Am Rolex Series over four seasons (2004-2007), earning a win and a pole, and finishing as high as fourth in points.

In 2007, the young driver took his talents to the world of stock car racing. Competing in his first full season in the ARCA Series, McDowell scored four wins and nine poles, claiming Rookie of the Year honors and finishing second in the championship. Later that same year, he got a taste of stock car racing’s highest levels of competition, tapped to run a handful of races in two of NASCAR’s national series, the Camping World Truck Series and the XFINITY Series.

Despite only running a few races, McDowell’s talent got noticed. And the following year, the 23-year-old was hand-picked by Michael Waltrip Racing to run full-time on NASCAR’s biggest stage, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where he has now competed for 11 seasons. He also continued to race in the XFINITY Series, amassing one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes, and two poles over nine seasons. He earned his best Cup series career finish in 2017, finishing fourth at Daytona International Speedway.

McDowell brought his vast racing repertoire to Front Row Motorsports in 2018 to race the team’s flagship No. 34 Ford. That season, he earned a top-10, two top-15 and 10 top-20 finishes, and averaged a starting position of 23rd, the best qualifying average in Front Row history.

Returning to the No. 34 for 2020, McDowell looks to keep adding on to team "bests" as the organization continues to grow and succeed.