The Harley J. Earl Trophy
is the trophy presented to the winner of the premier, and season-opening, event of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
(NASCAR), the Daytona 500
. It is named after influential automobile designer Harley Earl
, who served as the second commissioner of NASCAR. Earl has been known as the so-called "father of the Corvette
" and designer of the Firebird I prototype
that adorns the trophy. The trophy is kept on display at the Daytona International Speedway
, while a small replica is given to each Daytona 500 winner.
Description and history
The Harley J. Earl Trophy is named after General Motors
car designer Harley Earl
. Earl, the second commissioner of NASCAR
, was the designer of the Chevrolet Corvette
; his Firebird I concept car
provides the basis of the automobile that sits atop the trophy; the car is often misidentified as Sir Malcolm Campbell
's "Blue Bird
" land speed record car. Earl was a friend of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr.
, who named the trophy after him as a sign of respect.
The trophy is awarded to the winner of the annual Daytona 500, known as "The Great American Race", which acts as the season-opening event for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
(formerly known as the Nextel Cup Series, Winston Cup Series, and Grand National Series), and is also considered... Read More