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David Ragan Returns for Daytona 500: RFK Racing’s #Stage60 Initiative

David Ragan Returns for Daytona 500: RFK Racing, gearing up for the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series season, made an exciting announcement regarding the 2024 season-opening Daytona 500. The team revealed the addition of a third entry, labeled #Stage60, set to take the grid with veteran racer David Ragan at the helm of the No. 60 Ford Mustang Dark Horse for the marquee event.

Leading up to the official announcement, RFK Racing teased the #Stage60 team through intriguing social media posts, culminating in an impactful video unveiling David Ragan as the driver for this particular entry.

Ragan, a seasoned driver at 37, commenced his NASCAR Cup Series journey with RFK Racing back in 2006, piloting for the organization until the 2011 season. Notably, in the 2011 Daytona 500, Ragan found himself in a commanding position late in the race. However, a late-race restart led to his downfall as he was black-flagged for changing lanes before the green flag, abruptly halting his pursuit for victory.

For Ragan, this serves as a reunion with the team, and he aims to seek redemption for the untapped potential of that 2011 Daytona 500 run.

In a statement released by the team, Ragan expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “It’s really exciting to be back in an RFK Ford. I spent some of the best years of my career driving for Mr. Jack (Roush) and the team at RFK. They really gave me my first opportunity in the sport, and I have to thank for helping make this happen. We had a really strong run going in my last year at Roush at the 500, and hopefully, we can go back and finish what we started.”

RFK Racing also hinted at future plans for the #Stage60 program, intending to expand participation in additional events during the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season, although specifics will be disclosed at a later date.

The #Stage60 initiative marks the return of RFK Racing’s esteemed No. 60, renowned for its accomplishments in the NASCAR Xfinity Series ranks over the years, boasting an impressive 94 victories.

Steve Newmark, President of RFK Racing, remarked on the significance of the No. 60’s return, stating, “The 60 car represents an opportunity for us to honor our past and look forward to the future of RFK Racing. We’re thankful to have partners like, who, like us, have a mission to grow and be best in class in all endeavors.”

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Notably, the No. 60 entry will feature as the primary sponsor in the Daytona 500, backed by BlueForge Alliance-owned and operated company, expressing their eagerness to participate in The Great American Race.

Kiley Wren, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of BlueForge Alliance-owned, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with RFK Racing, stating, “Our involvement in the full 2024 NASCAR campaign will get off to a roaring start thanks to the RFK team, and we’re thrilled to welcome David Ragan to the mission.”

With the #Stage60 mission set to commence at Daytona International Speedway, the initial challenge will be to secure a spot in the Daytona 500 by locking the Ford Mustang into the field during qualifying on February 14th.

ALSO READ: Return of RFK Racing #60 Car: Reviving Racing Legends

Our Reader’s Queries

Is David Ragan Racing in the Daytona 500?

In 2022, 15 made a valiant attempt at the Daytona 500 and finished in 8th place, marking his fourth top-10 finish at the event. Fast forward to November 29, 2023, and RFK Racing has announced that 15 will be driving the No. 60 Ford Mustang Dark Horse as part of their #Stage60 project at the 2024 Daytona 500. The ride will be sponsored by Stay tuned for what promises to be an exciting race!

Is 2024 Daytona 500 sold out?

The 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 has been declared a sell-out.

How many wins does David Ragan have?

With two career Cup wins under his belt, including a triumph in the 2011 summer race at Daytona, Ragan is no stranger to success on the track. He boasts an impressive record of eight top-10 finishes in 30 career starts at Daytona, making him a formidable contender. This race, Ragan’s car will proudly display the logo, which will also serve as an anchor partner for team co-owner Brad Keselowski’s team in 2024. With such strong partnerships, Ragan and his team are sure to make waves in the racing world.

Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia, a distinguished BA (Hons) English graduate from St. Stephen College (University of Delhi) and a holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (English) from IIMC Delhi, is an accomplished journalist. Currently affiliated with, Khushal is an expert in covering a range of sports topics with a specialization in motorsports, particularly NASCAR. His insightful articles explore the nuances of the sporting world, providing readers with comprehensive analysis and the latest updates. With a commitment to unbiased reporting, Khushal's expertise and authoritative voice make him a reliable source for sports enthusiasts.


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