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Ross Chastain to take part in iRacing event for Mental Health Awareness Month

After a career-best finish over the weekend, Ross Chastain is hungry for more starting Wednesday night from the comfort of his home as the watermelon man will be taking the track virtually for mental health awareness month against his fans. 

Before taking the track from home tomorrow Chastain took on the Circuit of the America’s in Austin, Texas over the weekend. 

It may have been a soggy, challenging race with next to zero visibility but the weekend was a Texas-sized success for Chastain. 

“We’re not sloshing our heads about any of it,” Alva-native and NASCAR driver Ross Chastain said. 

The watermelon man went from 20th place up to first, leading four laps and holding nothing back. Chastain made gutsy passes and utilized the entire track despite the wet conditions. 

The aggressive driving paid off as Chastain ended up a career-best 4th in the rain shortened race. 

“It is great, it is absolutely incredible. I mean I never thought even in my time in NASCAR that I would ever finish in the top five in the cup series,” Chastain said. 

The top five finish a welcome sight for the first year team and proof that they are beginning to put together the puzzle. 

“We have all the right parts and pieces we are just working on putting them all together, picking them up off the table in the right order and putting them together in the right way,” Chastain said. 

Next up will be the historic Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. Chastain will be debuting a new look ride with a watermelon on the side of the car and a tribute to a fallen service member for Memorial Day Weekend. But before taking the track in Charlotte, Ross is going to hit a different kind of track, virtually. 

“I do this when no one is around when I have nothing else going on I jump on here with some buddies and we make some laps so that’s not work. I mean I’ve got the easiest job in the world,” Chastain said. 

Along with teammate Kurt Busch, Chastain will be taking the virtual track in an iRacing event to raise money and awareness for mental health. 

“For me it is an excuse to talk about mental health and it is something that we all go through whether we know it or not like mental health is real man,” Chastain said. “It is just as important as physical strength.”

Hoping he can get a checkered flag in his new car this weekend just as much as he wants that win for mental health awareness. 

“A win is a win. iRacing, real life I want them all,” Chastain said. 

The iRacing event will be tomorrow evening and you can stream the event, donate and more on the advent health website

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