Harrison Rhodes doesn’t hide his pride in the Wolfpack.
There is only one full-time NASCAR driver on the circuit to also be a full-time college student—and he just so happens to go to NC State. When Packapalooza kicks off on Saturday, the JD Motorsports driver will have a special look.
The final product was a sight to behold for Wolfpack faithful.
Rhodes has been known to wear NC State gear in the car with a slick helmet and firesuit. But the paint scheme takes it to an entirely different level. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear the car will be on the track any time soon.
Earlier this season, Rhodes told us he’s hoping to earn student-athlete status as a full-time Xfinity Series driver. He clearly has the backing of NC State, but having that status would make the process of traveling for races much simpler for Rhodes.
“My work at N.C. State has helped me tremendously,” Rhodes said in a recent interview with Chicken Bone Alley. ” Between getting races funded, going to events, speaking to large crowds and autograph sessions, I use a lot of what I learn in class. About 90 percent of what I do is spent on the marketing side—only 10 percent is actually spent driving.
“I can also have some input in sponsors meetings that other young drivers typically don’t have. Being able to actually contribute is all thanks to my education and hard work off the track.”
When classes start back on Wednesday, Rhodes will be back in the books. By Friday night, he’ll be back on the track. And when Packapalooza rolls around on Saturday, Rhodes will be back on campus. He’s a busy man, but Rhodes wouldn’t have it any other way.