Have you ever wondered what Bobby Labonte, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, is doing now? Is he still racing? How has his life changed since he retired from professional car racing?
Labonte has six major career wins
Bobby Labonte has won 6 major races. He won his first one in 2000 at the Brickyard 400 and his most recent one in 2003 at the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. He also won a race each year from 2001 to 2003.
Overall, Bobby Labonte has raced for 26 years. Over that time, he’s been through many things: the good, the bad, but mostly just the ugly stuff (like finishing last).
Throughout his career, Bobby Labonte has earned a lot of money. As of 2018, it was estimated that Bobby Labonte’s net worth is somewhere around $80 million.
He’s a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame
You probably know about Bobby Labonte’s career if you love NASCAR and racing. Do you know what he’s done since?
Labonte was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2019. He is the first inductee from the state of Texas. Labonte is one of only four drivers to win both the Cup Series and Xfinity Series championships. The other three are Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr.
He’s a big fan of cycling and college football
Cycling is a great way to stay in shape. Labonte has raced in several events, including the Davis Phinney Foundation’s Victory Ride in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The cycling event raises money for those with Parkinson’s disease, which his father suffers from.
He’s also a fan of college football. The revered NASCAR driver and native of North Carolina were recently spotted at a tailgate party cheering on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons before they took on the Clemson Tigers.
He’s a passionate car racing analyst on FS1 Television
Bobby Labonte is a former NASCAR driver. Now he’s an analyst on FS1 Television, providing insight and analysis as races unfold. He’s one of several analysts who do this for FS1, including Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski.
He’s taking part in the Superstar Racing Experience series races
This six-race series pits former NASCAR drivers against one another in identical cars on short, half-mile tracks. The races take place over several weeks, consisting of two 20-lap segments. The on-track action has been entertaining, and Labonte has performed well.
He was able to finish in fifth place at Stafford Speedway for the first race of the series and finished 19th at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the second event.
Unfortunately, he could not complete the third race at Knoxville Raceway after an accident involving fellow NASCAR legend Tony Stewart.
If you want to find out how these races work and what Labonte has been up to recently, keep reading — we’ll explain everything you need to know about this new racing venture and what it means for Bobby Labonte!
Bobby Labonte is still in the world of racing (just not NASCAR) and is just as busy as ever
Even though Labonte doesn’t compete for the Cup Series title anymore, he is still very involved in racing.
This season alone, he has been in a TV booth at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, behind the wheel of an IndyCar at Pocono Raceway, and was a guest of honor at Texas Motor Speedway’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Labonte got to try his hand at something different last year when he climbed into the cockpit of an open-wheel car during practice for the ABC Supply 500 in August. He had two runs in Simon Pagenaud’s No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet and described it to Motorsport as both “fun” and “hard.”
A glowing career
On May 8, 1964, Labonte was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He began his career in NASCAR in 1988 when he made his debut at the Goody’s 500 on April 3. He later became a full-time driver in 1990.
The following year, Bobby joined Bill Davis Racing as a driver of the No. 22 car. In 1995, he moved to Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 18 car. This would prove one of Labonte’s most successful seasons, as he won his second championship with Gibbs Racing! Since then, Bobby has continued to race for other teams, including Petty Enterprises and Hall of Fame Racing, until finally retiring from racing in 2016.