April 10, 1980 (43)
Kasey Kahne is an American former professional stock car racing driver and currently a dirt track racing driver and team owner. He last competed in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving for Leavine Family Racing. Kahne’s career in NASCAR includes notable achievements such as winning the Coca-Cola 600 three times and securing 18 Cup Series victories. His success extends to the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Truck Series, where he has also claimed victories.
In his career, Kahne has taken on significant roles in various racing teams. He began his NASCAR Cup Series career with Evernham Motorsports in 2004, later transitioning to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2009. Kahne’s tenure at Red Bull Racing Team in 2011 was followed by a move to Hendrick Motorsports, where he raced from 2012 to 2017. His final full-time season in the Cup Series was with Leavine Family Racing in 2018.
Kahne’s career is marked by impactful collaborations with several key figures in the racing industry. He has worked closely with team owners like Ray Evernham, Richard Petty, and Rick Hendrick, each playing a significant role in his development and success. Collaborations with fellow drivers, such as Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon, have also been pivotal.
Throughout his career, Kahne has received numerous awards and distinctions. He was named the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year, highlighting his immediate impact in the series. His multiple victories in prestigious races, including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Brickyard 400.