Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Camo Ford Fusion-The new redesign doesn’t look good, and would normally earn a D but because camo is used, the letter grade deduction is in play and this scheme earns an F.
Alex Bowman #7 Chevy SS-A smooth design with a great color scheme earns an A+ every time.
Alex Bowman #7 Culer Chevy SS-Decent color scheme and the design could use work. The wireframe design could work better without the green stripe, and vise versa. Still it is good enough to earn a C+.
Casey Mears #13 Geico Millitary Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.
Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford Fusion-Unlike last year, this patriotic scheme works quite well. It is a tad overdone though, but it still is worn a B+.
Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Indy 500 Ford Fusion-When it comes to the Penske template, red and white is the best color scheme for it, and this scheme looks great, and earns an A+.
Mike Bliss #32 Alpha Floors/JoeUSA.com Ford Fusion– A smooth design with a great color scheme earns an A+ every time.
David Gilliland #38 Love’s Support the Troops Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.
Landon Cassill #40 Snap Fitness Patriotic Chevy SS-The battered American flag motif is beautifl, and this scheme earns an A+.
Kyle Larson #42 Target Camo Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.
Kyle Larson #42 Target Bullseye Chevy SS-The target scheme works, and the bull terrier on the hood works well. A+
Aric Almirola #43 United States Air Force Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.
Josh Wise #98 Royal Teak Ford Fusion– A smooth design with a great color scheme earns an A+ every time.
Last week, I covered Shea Holbrook in her Taylor Motorsports Prodcuts driver suit, this week, I’m gonna cover Shane Westerfield in his Taylor Mototsports driver suit. Shane is a former drag boat racer, who has moved to Top Alcohol Funny Car or TAFC. He has a couple of event wins, including two in national events, one at the 2013 Texas Fall Nationals, and one at the 2014 Spring Nationals, as well as a number of regional wins. In 2012, he started wearing a Taylor Motorsports Products driver suit.This is a natural partnership as Westerfield and Dennis Taylor both got started in drag racing and both raced Top Alcohol Funny Car. Dennis was proud of this suit, displaying it on his Facebook page. The suit is an SFI 3-2A/20 rated. This is a very durable and heavy suit, preferred by drag racers. The suit is very heavy and it weighs about 8 pounds and feels like a 5 layer suit. Westerfield can be seen wearing this design in both his national event wins, but I can’t say for sure he wore them for those wins. It is sponsored by CP Carrillo, which is a high end racing piston manufacturer.
The legs have no adornment whatsoever and they have standard cuffs.The shoulders feature unadorned blue and black epaulets, which are unadorned. The right sleeve feautres an American flag logo, a TAYLOR MOTORSPORTS PRODUCTS logo, and a CP CARRILLO logo, no television logos, and arm restraints built in, to keep his arms close inside the car. This is a popular modification among dragster drivers.
Next week, I’m gonna keep the drag racing train rolling, with a piece on Cory McClenathan…see you then!
13th Season Finale features two NHRA Wally Trophies, one from 2006 and one from 2010.
By David G. Firestone
I’ve had two requiems this week. It’s 3 in the morning as I finally get to writing this. I had to upgrade computers today. I hate upgrading equipment, but I had to do it today. I did it with a heavy heart. My old Lenovo G570 has served me very well. Everything I’ve done for The Driver Suit Blog I did on that computer. It was faithful and loyal. I gave my old faithful friend to my parents, who need a new one. I’ve been working on both computers since about 3 this afternoon, and my Toshiba C55-B5101 is official ready to go.
I did not want to have a Windows 8 computer, and I’ve been spending a lot of my time today figuring this crap out. I especially hated when I first fired it up, and I had too many of these apps that I would never use installed for me. Just give me the OS, and let me add programs at my own discretion! This is going to take some getting used to…ugh
The other requiem today is for Tom Bergeron. I grew up watching America’s Funniest Home Videos. My grandfather had a stroke in 4th grade, and moved from Long Island, New York to Evanston and spent the last years of his life with us, and I got a chance to bond with him before he died. We both loved to watch AFV, during the Bob Saget years. When Saget left, and the duo of John Fugelsang and Daisy Fuentes took over, they basically killed the show. It was canceled in 1999. Bergeron took it over in 2001, and resurrected the franchise, and made it better than it was. He hosted it for 15 years, and I enjoy every episode.
Last Sunday was his final show. While it was funny, as it always is, it was the end of an era. I will miss him. I can only hope that they get someone who brings the same energy and the same wit to the show. It was funny and sad at the same time.
Jamie McMurray #1 Bass Pro Shops/Big Ceder Lodge Chevy SS– The horrible design with a bad color combination would normally earn a D, but with the letter grade deduction for camouflage, it earns an F
Austin Dillon #3 Dow Styrofoam Insulation Chevy SS-Good color scheme, and I like the fade at the back of the car, but the insulation motif looks horrid, and the best I can give it is a C+
Kevin Harvick #4 Budweiser Throwback Chevy SS-Based on an old Budweiser can, it has a great look to it, and has a great color scheme which will always earn an A
Alex Bowman #7 Golden Corral Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Victory Junction/Shop.com Ford Fusion-Good color scheme, decent design but the sublimated design on the roof and doors makes it overdone, and takes a solid B down to a C+
Danica Patrick #10 Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy SS-Two mediocre designs come together to form a mediocre design which earns a C+
Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy Small Biz Force Chevy SS-Same basic scheme as GoDaddy, same F grade
Casey Mears #13 Geico Military Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.
Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops American Salute Chevy SS-The more subdued patriotic scheme works well, and the color scheme is good. The doors are a little over-designed so I’ll give it an A-
Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy SS-Same as Bass Pro Shop, same F grade.
Clint Bowyer #15 Cherry 5-hour ENERGY benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.
Clint Bowyer #15 AAA Insurance Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.
Erik Jones #18 M&M’s Red Nose Day Toyota Camry-Good color scheme, good design will always earn an A+
JJ Yeley #23 We Salute You Toyota Camry-The more subdued patriotic scheme works well, and the color scheme is good. A+
Jeff Gordon #24 Red Cross Chevy SS-Good color and design, can’t say anything bad about this. A
Ryan Newman #31 Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy SS-White does not always work well as the primary color of a race car, and the design just makes it worse. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great. C-
Joey Gase #32 Donate For Life/Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-Same basic scheme as Corvette Parts, same F grade.
Ty Dillon #33 Plankton Chevy SS-Even for a Spongebob scheme this is overdone. F
Kyle Larson #42 Viva Vantage Chevy SS-Good color scheme and great design will always earn an A+.
AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Scotts Chevy SS-A good patriotic scheme that isn’t over done and doesn’t have camo will always earn an A+
Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevy SS-Too overdone, much too complex, could be a lot better. F
Michael Annett #46 Allstate Peterbuilt Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Ford Fusion-The patrotic motif works well here, and the grades stays at an A.
I recently found out about Taylor Motorsports Products. I thought at first they were a new company, but, according to their website, “Taylor Motorsports Products was founded in 1979 by Dennis Taylor. Dennis has been immersed in the motorsports world for most of his life starting with his days at Orange County International Raceway in the late sixties and his time on the road with fuel dragsters and Funny Cars. But, Taylor’s involvement did not stop at drag racing; he has been instrumental in product development for many racing competitors in all aspects of motorsports. For over 30 years, Dennis Taylor has been on the leading edge of safety innovation combining his eye for detail, perfection and quality with the most challenging safety needs of competitors in drag racing to open wheel to off road and more. Today, Taylor Motorsports Products has a comprehensive line of hundreds of custom designed and hand made products from driver’s suits to complete restraint systems.” Indeed, they make a number of different product for racing safety.
A lot of driver suit manufacturers will use driver endorsements to promote their products, but for a while I couldn’t find any driver who wore Taylor stuff, then I stumbled upon this Shea Holbrook driver suit from 2011. Shea developed her interest in racing after attending the Richard Petty Driving Experience in 2006. Since then she has raced in the Pirelli World Challenge in the SCCA, and a jet dragster driver in the IHRA. In 2011, she gained K&N Filters as a sponsor. During that season, she wore this suit.
There are a number of small variations of the suit, but she can clearly be seen wearing this suit in a February 2011 photo. A photo from April at Long Beach shows a different patch arrangement, though she does appear in this suit in several photos. The suit itself is a triple layer suit with SFI 3-2A/5 rating.
I have since found another example of a Taylor Motorsports Products suit, but I’ll save that for next week.
We have vintage trophies this week!
By David G. Firestone
Got a few things to discuss. First, due to a power outrage I wasn’t able to get to the paint scheme grades for this week, I’ll get them up next Saturday. I also just found out that The Chicago Sports Museum will be returning my David Stremme driver suit. They got a Brad Keselowski suit instead, so I’m interested to check it out. I’m a little bummed, but it was fun while it lasted.
A few weeks ago, I discussed pit road safety. NASCAR had stated that they would make changes to pit road safety, and I wondered if words would be followed by deed. Well I’m happy to say that they have. RCR last week, debuted full face helmets and Nomex socks for their pit crews. NASCAR at Talladega removed HScott motorsports crew member Mark O’Donnell from the race after he was discovered handling a fuel can without a head sock or helmet. I’m glad that the recent tragic incident is helping to focus NASCAR on pit road safety.
I’m not a Formula 1 fan per se, but I do watch the racing when I can. The Spanish Grand Prix was good, and I like the tire strategy. I’m wondering if something like that could come to NASCAR in the foreseeable future. I’d like to see primary and option tires on road courses. It will require some testing, but I hope it will.
My final item for this week is the fact that NASCAR will be holding a throwback race at Darlington this year. To commemorate the return of the Southern 500 to Labor Day weekend, Darlington will have throwback tickets, throwback tires, and fauxback paint schemes! I’d been hoping that something like this would happen, and I’m so excited! Sure, Labor Day is the end of summer, but between the Southern 500 and the US Nationals, it’s gonna be a fun one!