Box Car Racer emerged from a side door of the Blink-182 stable with its eponymous debut in the spring of 2002. With practically no promotional push leading up to its May 21 arrival, Box Car Racer succeeded beyond expectation, selling over 65,000 copies in its first week, largely due to the names tethered to the project. Created and led by Tom DeLonge, Box Car Racer also featured his Blink-182 bandmate Travis Barker on drums, with the LP including guest vocals from Rancid's Tim Armstrong, New Found Glory's Jordan Pundik, and, naturally, Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus. The core of the band was rounded out by lead guitarist David Kennedy, who would later go on to play in DeLonge's Angels & Airwaves.
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