Colby Howard Throws Back To His Father

Colby Howard will sport a new Project Hope Foundation paint scheme for Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway, one that has strong family ties.

The No. 15 Chevrolet will honor Colby’s father, Rodney Howard, who drove a similarly styled late model in the early 1980’s at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Rodney took this paint scheme to eight wins in the 1982 season and finished second in the championship.

The Howard family is well known for tearing up their home track in Greenville, SC, with three generations of winning drivers. Last season, Colby honored his grandfather Buddy Howard, who was a four-time Greenville-Pickens track champion in the early 1980’s.

In addition to his late model career, Rodney Howard also competed in 33 NASCAR Busch (Now Xfinity) Series races earning one Top 5 and six Top 10 finishes. Racing is undeniably in the Howard’s blood, and Colby looks forward to honoring the family history at Darlington.

“I’m excited to be able to run one of my dad’s paint schemes for Throwback Weekend. Thank you to Joe Vaughn and the Project Hope Foundation for allowing my team to do this, it really means a lot to our family. I hope I can have a solid day at Darlington, as it’s one of my favorite tracks!”

Colby Howard has two previous starts at Darlington, both in 2020. His best finish at “The Lady in Black” is 19th position. Currently, Howard sits 26th in the drivers’ points standings.

The 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to the historic Darlington Raceway for Throwback Weekend on Saturday, May 8th. To keep up with Colby Howard, follow his social media pages @ColbyHoward16 and visit his official website at For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01, and visit the team’s official website at #TeamJDM

About Project Hope Foundation:
Project HOPE Foundation was founded in 1997 by moms looking for services for their young sons with autism. As the rate of autism has expanded from 1 in 2500 to 1 in 59, our programs have also expanded into an innovative lifespan of autism services. We are broad in our scope, serving across ages (from two to young adults), across the spectrum of autism, and across programs (ABA therapy, classroom options, adult employment, social groups, life skills, community outreach, professional trainings).

We are individualized in our approach, seeking to meet the unique needs of each specific person. Our programs benefit not only the child affected with autism but also the entire family, all of whom are forever changed by this diagnosis. Our therapy and adult services have been honored to be designated as United Way of the Piedmont’s programs of excellence. Our educational program, accredited through SCISA, received the Education Spirit Award through the Community Foundation of Greenville, Greenville Journal, and Town Magazine. Based on our use of funding, we received the Angel Award from the SC Secretary of State. No other South Carolina organization offers our range of services and support for the autism community.


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