DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The ATF & Gunslinger team headlined by former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner will return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England on June 29-July 2.
Skinner will be part of a three-truck, four-driver team that also includes team owner Andrew Franzone, former Truck Series regular Rick Crawford and professional wrestler and actor Bill Goldberg.
Skinner will return to his No. 5 Cessna Toyota Tundra dubbed the “Skinner Special” for the 25th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now a three-time and defending winner of the NASCAR Class, Skinner has set his sights on posting a sub-50-second run up the 1.16-mile hill climb and placing inside the top-five of the event’s overall finishers.
“We love coming to the Goodwood Festival of Speed every year,” said Skinner. “Lord March puts on a Class-A event, and it’s just such an honor to represent NASCAR and our American racing heritage to this group of fans. We have a great support system in place with Cessna, Toyota and Goodyear, which allows us to bring over three strong trucks and compete for the win each year. Last year, the weather wasn’t great throughout the Festival of Speed weekend and it really slowed down our run on the track. In 2015, I’m sure our practice run was going to be under 50 seconds, but we ended up in the hay bales. This year, I really want to accomplish that sub-50-second run during our money run on Sunday afternoon. I think it’s well within our reach, just like I think a top-five finish overall is something that we can accomplish. I enjoy this event for both its history and challenge, and I’m looking forward to another great run in 2017.”
Goldberg will be behind the wheel of the celebrity truck and join the team during his first appearance at the renowned motorsports event. Goldberg is known for being a fierce competitor in the ring and most recently was one of the headliners of WWE WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Fla.
Goldberg was slated to appear at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury while using a chainsaw.
“After coming out of retirement in late 2016, I’ve conquered a number of foes – most importantly, the chainsaw that prevented me from attending last year’s event,” said Goldberg. “It’s an honor and a privilege to finally be able to participate with the Franzone-Skinner team in such a historical event, such as the 25th anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.”
Franzone will share the third truck with Crawford during the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The two will pilot historic Truck 10 – a 2004 vintage Toyota Tundra that is responsible for Toyota’s first win in NASCAR.