Local racing aficionados and car enthusiasts alike are in for an exciting treat this weekend as NASCAR Busch series driver, Donnie Neuenberger, visits Grand Cayman with the replica of the fully branded Cayman stock car which was driven by Donnie earlier this year at Daytona.
The Cayman Car, identified by its Cayman Islands brand and Sir Turtle logos, is part of a project developed by Arch Automotive and Spectrum Promotions to promote the Cayman Islands to the millions of NASCAR fans across the North America and worldwide.
This weekend, Donnie and the Cayman Car will make special appearances at venues on Grand Cayman. A special edition die-cast toy replica of the car has been produced and thousands are available for sale at select retail outlets. Donnie will sign autographs on these cars as they are purchased.
Today Donnie will appear at Aqua Beach for happy hour and will join patrons at that location from 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, 2 September, Donnie will make special appearances at Foster’s Food Fair (Airport location) from 8:30am to 11am and then at Grand Harbour from noon to 3pm. as guest of Hobbies and Books. On Monday, 4 September, he will be at Hammerheads from 7am to 11am.
The special model cars are on sale at Arch Automotive, Hobbies and Books; Blue Iguana; Red Sail Sports; Capt. Marvin’s Water Sports Shop; Pure Art; Foster’s Food Fair (Airport); Kirk Freeport shops, Noah’s Ark and NAPA Auto Parts.
Donnie is no stranger to these Islands as he participated in Cayman’s first auto show, the Quincentennial Car Show in 2003, and again at the 2006 Texaco International Auto Show.
All about Donnie Neuenberger
Donnie Neuenberger has been racing cars and trucks for 13 years, competing in Late Model Stock, Goody’s Dash Series, Hooters Pro Cup, ARCA, and the Busch North Series. Most recently, he has been competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series and will now step up into the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
Although racing a limited schedule, Donnie gives his best performances on the track at Daytona. His introduction to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was at the 2000 Daytona 250 where he competed in a tough field of 54 entries. With great pride Donnie started 26th in the race with a 9th place finish. The following year he ran the same race with a 15th place finish. In 2002 Donnie continued competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and made his debut in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series. Donnie delivered an impressive first Busch Grand National race finish at the Charlotte Lowe’s Motor Speedway in the 2003 ‘Little Trees 300’ starting in 41st position and finishing in 26th place. The field included 11 NASCAR Winston Cup drivers. Donnie began his first full season in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2004 competing for Rookie of The Year until his diagnosis of Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of cancer, forced him to step out of the car after six (6) races and withdrawing from the Rookie of The Year competition. Being a Rookie in a series is not new to Donnie. While racing in the Goody’s Dash Series in 1993, he finished third among the Rookie of the Year candidates. In 2005 Donnie returned to the NASCAR Busch Series racing a limited schedule.
The Brandywine, Maryland, native started his driving career in 1992 racing in the NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series. Donnie has been involved with race drivers such as Clifford and Davey Allison, the legendary Bud Moore race team, and the Skoal Bandit race team with driver Harry Grant. A highlight in Donnie’s racing career included being asked by the great Dale Earnhardt to ride the track in the pace car at Martinsville Speedway prior to his Goody’s Dash race with Kerry Earnhardt and Dale at the wheel.
In the late 1990s Donnie drove for GEM Motorsports out of Hendersonville, N.C. running in the NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series. While continually trying to establish a full schedule, Donnie proved he has what it takes by consistently finishing in the top 10 at places like Hickory and Caraway Speedway-some of the toughest short tracks in the country, proving his ability to qualify in the top 10 at places like Bristol.