Michael McDowell Visits Trident Technical College And Helps Build Homes In Charleston

Michael McDowell Visits Trident Technical College And Helps Build Homes In Charleston

by October 5, 2016 0 comments

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Although Hurricane Matthew is threatening the coast of South Carolina, Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing’s Michael McDowell visited Charleston on Tuesday to speak at Trident Technical College and help build houses in the community.

McDowell kicked off his visit to the Lowcountry as the keynote speaker at the HopeBuilders Breakfast that took place at Trident Technical College. During the breakfast, the driver of the No. 95 Thrivent Financial Chevrolet SS helped raise awareness of what Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial are doing within Berkeley County and the Charleston community.

“The morning started out, we had a breakfast and just tried to raise awareness for what Habitat (for Humanity) is doing in the local community and the need for volunteers and support and you know, just the impact that Habitat and Thrivent (Financial) has made in a lot of communities but that community in particular,” McDowell said.

Following the breakfast at Trident Technical College, McDowell stopped by a Habitat for Humanity build site in Charleston, and he began assisting with the construction of houses. McDowell met with the families and helped Thrivent Financial volunteers install installation and place siding on the walls of homes.


Photo Credit: Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing

Photo Credit: Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing

“Then we went over to the job site and there are homes, new homes that are being built and so we got to do a little work and install some installation and put some siding on the house.” McDowell said. “The homes are getting really close to being completed, and that means that there will be two families that will have a safe and secure home to live in and to raise their families. It was pretty awesome to see.”

McDowell added, “To be a part of someone’s forever home and to know that you had a small part in it, and they allowed you to experience that with them is really special.”

McDowell’s final stop was at a Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in the area. While at the ReStore, McDowell met with the local community, posed for photographs and signed autographs. The No. 95 Chevrolet SS was also on display for the community to get a first-hand look at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car.

Photo Credit: Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing

Photo Credit: Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing

On Wednesday afternoon, Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing announced that veteran crew chief Todd Parrott will be atop the pit box for the reaming races this season. With more than 20 years of experience, Parrott is a great addition to the small team that is continuing to build and move forward. As for Dave Winston who previously held the crew chief position, he will now fill the role of a race engineer for the team.

“Todd Parrott obviously has a lot of experience,” McDowell said. “He has won races on the box, and he’s a great asset that we’ve added to our race team. With our alliance with RCR (Richard Childress Racing), it’s really what allowed that to happen. He has been working with RCR for the last couple of years. He has been working with Ty Dillon, when Ty is in the car, and so it’s just a great way for us to strengthen our growing program and our growing race team and add another additional key player that can really help propel our team to the next level.”

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas

Thursday’s on-track action at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be the first time that McDowell and Parrott have worked together. McDowell’s best finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway came with the team in 2014, when he finished 29th. Back in May during the Coca-Cola 600, McDowell finished 34th. The Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing team is riding on a little bit of momentum right now. They finished 12th at Richmond International Raceway and two races later, the team earned a 26th place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With the addition of Todd Parrott, McDowell believes that the team will have a great opportunity to earn a solid finish this weekend in the Bank of America 500.

“Mile-and-a-halves have definitely been our Achilles heel for our program,” McDowell said. “We ran mid to low 20s at the short tracks and places like that, and that would be the goal for this weekend, to run in the low 20s and put ourselves in a position to get another solid finish and grow for next year. Obviously working with Todd for the first time is part of the growing of figuring out how we communicate and what we each need to make improvements and moving on.”

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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