RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - MARCH 30: Parker Retzlaff, driver of the #31 FUNKAWAY Chevrolet, poses for photos after winning the pole award during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway on March 30, 2024 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Parker Retzlaff (NASCAR photo)

Retzlaff To Pilot Beard Motorsports No. 62 At Daytona

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. — Beard Motorsports announced that up-and-coming driver Parker Retzlaff will pilot the No. 62 Beard Motorsports Chevrolet during the Aug. 24 Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

The 21-year-old Retzlaff has been busy making a name for himself in the NASCAR Xfinity series since 2022.

The Rhineland, Wis., native drives for Joran Anderson Racing in the Xfinity Series. In 54 career Xfinity Series starts, Retzlaff has three top-five finishes, and 11 top-10s. The Coke Zero Sugar 400 will mark his first Cup Seies start.

“This is the goal – racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, and especially racing at Daytona,” Retzlaff said. “It’s what I have been working for and it’s what everyone that races in the lower series work toward. It’s an exciting time getting ready to make my first start in the Cup Series and it’s an incredible opportunity to do this with Beard Motorsports. Everyone in the NASCAR garage knows what that team is capable of, especially at the superspeedways, so I’m just really excited and ready for this chance.”

Beard Motorsports is the family-owned and run team that was founded by the late Mark Beard Sr. Since his passing in early 2021, his wife Linda Beard has served as the team owner with their children, Amie and Mark Jr., overseeing team operations and management.

Since making their NASCAR Cup Series debut in the 2017 Daytona 500, a handful of drivers have sat behind the wheel of the No. 62 Chevrolet, including Brendan Gaughan, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier and Anthony Alfredo.

“We really feel like we are in a great place as a team with the cars we are taking to the track and the people that Darren (Shaw, crew chief) has put together on this team,” said Amie Beard, executive vice president of Beard Motorsports. “I love that we are able to give the opportunity to race at this level for young drivers. They are always excited to be a part of the team, to be at the track and interact with guests.

“Parker certainly seems eager to prove himself and we are looking forward to working with him and helping him to further his goals.”