Paint Scheme Grades-November 18, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First some 2018 schemes…

William Byron #9 Hooters Chevy Camaro-Hooters has a good color scheme, and while this is a new look, it’s not an improvement.  I think it could be better if the whole car was orange, and the white was limited to numbers and logos.  Still, it’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B-.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford Fusion-The black and white slash pattern is a good look, and the car has an amazing look.  I’ll give it an A.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Click N Close Ford Fusion-The shade of blue works well, and the design works well.  It’s an all around great look. A

Now on to the 2017 schemes…

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Veterans Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as regular Miller Lite scheme, but with names of deceased veterans on side. A

Austin Dillon #3 Realtree Chevy SS-White with camoflague is not a good look, and while the design would work with another color it doesn’t work with white.  I’ll give it a D-

Joey Gase #7 Eternal Fan Chevy SS-I think that the blue could be darker, but the whole car has a good look, and it works very well. A-

Clint Bowyer #14 Damnation Ford Fusion-The field motif is a bold look, but it works well.  The color and design work well.  It’s an all around great look.  A

DJ Kennington #15 Northern Provincial Pipelines LTD Chevy SS-The Canadian flag motif works very well here, the color and design scheme work well, and the scheme gets the A is deserves.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Robert Yates Tribute Ford Fusion-The 1990’s Texaco scheme works very well, and this tribute car works well, with the color and design faithful to the original.  It’s worth an A.

Corey LaJoie #23 Beardfresh/Earthwater Toyota Camry-The solid black matte look is the best that Earthwater has looked all year. A

Ryan Newman #31 Cat Minstar Chevy SS-While I’m not big on the cutting edge designs that CAT has used, the Minestar color scheme works well with the look.  It’s a great look. A

Kyle Larson #42 Refresh Chevy SS-There are two different designs in play here, either one would work well by itself, but together, the wave form and the fade creates a cluttered look. The color scheme is decent, so I’ll give it a C.

David Starr #66 Eureka Chevy SS-While this scheme would normally get an A, the vaccum design looks a lot like race damage, and it takes an A scheme down to a B-.

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Ray Lipper and Center Line Wheels Part 1

By David G. Firestone

Minor League Month continues, and this week is the first of two articles about a business man who raced to help promote his business.

In April of 2017, Center Line Wheels ceased production after 47 years. In August of 2017, the company was acquired by Corona, California based wheel manufacturer Design Infini. During those 47 years, Center Line had been a well-known aftermarket wheel rim company, which made high performance rims. Since Center Line had been a performance wheel company, it makes sense that they had been involved in motorsports, including supplying wheels to racing teams, as well as sponsoring teams.

Center Line was founded as the Center Line Tool Corporation in 1970 by Ray Lipper. Lipper saw the need for a good performance rim, and soon the company started focusing only on wheels. Lipper was also an avid racer, and raced in SCCA, and CART. His time in CART was not successful, with a DNS at the Phoenix race, and was one of 47 drivers not to qualify for the 1982 Indianapolis 500. He was elected to the SEMA Hall of Fame in 2002. During his racing career, he wore this racing uniform.

The uniform set, which is one of the most comprehensive I have ever seen, includes a suit, gloves, shoes, an undershirt, long johns, a harness, and some other miscellaneous stuff. We’ll look at the other stuff next week, this week, we will focus on the white Simpson driver suit, which shows some light use, and is very thick, and heavy duty.The collar has a Velcro-closure, with no adornment.The cowl tag is an older Simpson warranty label, used into the late 1980’s.While there is no large sponsor patch on the torso, there are a number of smaller patches on the chest and torso. On the right side, there is an older VALVOLINE logo, RAY LIPPER embroidered in a patch, a SIMPSON patch next to the name, and a WATKINS GLEN US GRAND PRIX patch below that.The left side of the front has CART,CENTER LINE RACING WHEELS,SCCA,ROAD AMERICA CAN AM 1981 CHICAGO REGION SCCA,and VW MOTORSPORT patches sewn into it.The suit features an unadorned white belt.The legs have a red stripe running up the white material, and have standard cuffs.The shoulders have red stripes that extend down to the cuff of the sleeves, and white straps that would be used to pull the driver out of the car in case of a fire. The right sleeve has a UNITED STATES AUTO CLUB patch, and has the red stripe extending to the cuff. The left sleeve features a SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS patch, as well as a PPG INDUSTRIES patch.The back of the suit doesn’t show any wear to speak of.The back of the neck is unadorned.The upper back of the suit has a large GOODYEAR patch sewn into it.Ray Lipper is an automotive engineer who has raced all over the world. He was just as focused on racing as he was on making quality wheels. Next week, I will examine the rest of the uniform set.

Paint Scheme Tracker-November 15, 2017

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Derrike Cope #00 Starcom Fiber Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, yellow front, fade to white center, fade to black rear. C

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #1

Jamie McMurray #1 GearWrench Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black, with yellow, and red stripes across bottom. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna Chevy SSNo change. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/McDonald’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, blue front, red rear, stripes between. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy SSNo change. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Grand Mac Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black, with green front and cutting edge design. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Cessna/McDonald’s, but with colors reversed. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Credit One/Cessna Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as McDonald’s/Cessna but white replaces red. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Sherwin Williams/3M Pro Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as Sherwin Williams but with diamond pattern on the rear. C-

Jamie McMurray #1 Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Federation Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, slight redesign, rounded camo has been replaced with orange stripes. F

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s $1 Any Size Soft Drink Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as McDonald’s, but with $1 Any Size Soft Drink on hood. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipes Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as McDonald’s, but with Signature Crafted Recipes on hood. A

Jamie McMurray #1 General Hydroponics/Cessna Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Cessna, but with General Hydroponics on hood. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on the #1 Hawaiian Tropic scheme raced back in the day. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Nicholas Air/Cessna Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Cessna, but with Nicholas Air on the hood. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Bomasada Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, Cessna design with Bomasada on hood. B+

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford FusionNo Change A

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford FusionNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford FusionNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Auto Trader Ford FusionNo Change D-

Brad Keselowski #2 SKF Ford FusionNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Genuine Draft Ford FusionThrowback scheme that ran from 1990-1996. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford FusionNo change. C-

Brad Keselowski #2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Yellowish-green with black Penske template. D

Brad Keselowski #2 Elite Support/Freightliner Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Penske template with silver front, blue rear. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, white with American flag motif on middle of car. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Freightliner Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Penske template with silver front and blue rear. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford FusionNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Navy Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Keselowski’s Navy scheme from 2007 to 2008. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Veterans Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as regular Miller Lite scheme, but with names of deceased veterans on side. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, black front, with red designs near wheel well, white fade across quarter panels. A-

Austin Dillon #3 AAA Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, but with a few minor stripe changes. D+

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, same basic scheme as 2016, but many of the stripes have been removed. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Quikrete Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Dow but with Quikrete on quarter panels. A-

Austin Dillon #3 Lucas Oil Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, similar to 2016 Dow, but with Lucas Oil on quarter panels, and the black stripe is curved. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/World Water Day Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black front, water motif with a curve in front of the door number. D-

Austin Dillon #3 Okuma Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as AAA, but with a black, white, and blue color scheme. D+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Energy and Water Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, black with curve motive, blue water motif inside curve. C

Austin Dillon #3 New Era Cap Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with white hood and roof, large New Era Cap logos on sides. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Intellifresh Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as Dow Energy and Water. C

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, American Flag and wood motif across whole car. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, silver with blue star motif across hood, stars and stripes patterns on sides. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Kilz Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as Dow but with Kilz on sides. A-

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, faded glory American flag motif across whole car. A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale Earnhardt’s Wranger scheme. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Molykote Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same color scheme, wave design with gear motif. C

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Automotive Magma Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black and red carbon fiber motif. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Therm Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, blue hood and roof, red and white sides. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Univar Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Dow, but with Univar on the sides. A-

Austin Dillon #3 Chevy Accessories Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as #31. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Olympics Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, blue replaces black on sides, winter motif added. A

Austin Dillon #3 Realtree Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with Realtree designs on sides. D-

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, all blue with more detail in the mountains. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy John’s Ford FusionNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as 2017 Busch, but with Busch Light on quarter panel. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Bucks Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, green cash motif, Busch logos on sides, Busch Bucks logo on hood. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as #41. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Mobil 1 Annual Protection, but red replaces gold. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Outdoor Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, some slight changes to the can design. C

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Chevy SSNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Outdoors Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, similar to Busch Outdoors, but with more blue. B-

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch NA Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, similar to Busch, but with diagonal red stripe across rear of car. B+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kasey Kahne #5 Farmers Insurance Chevy SSNo Change. C+

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Chevy SSNo Change. D+

Kasey Kahne #5 Liftmaster Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, silver, with black door, and red stripes. A

Kasey Kahne #5 UniFrst Chevy SSNo Change. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Drive To End Hunger Chevy SSNo change. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Mountain Dew Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with green and yellow jagged stripe on sides. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Liftmaster Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, white replaces silver. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on the first scheme Hendrick Motorsports raced in 1984. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Microsoft Windows Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, all blue with subtle designs on sides. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Shark Week Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, dark blue with teal shark outline on bottom and shark teeth on front. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Rated Red Road To Race Day Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black front and rear, with red center. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Strong Against Cancer Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, red, yellow and red with a crayon motif. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Go90.com/Road to Raceday Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Road to Raceday, but with Go90.com on the hood. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Justice League Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, red and gold, Justice League motif. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Trevor Bayne #6 Liberty National Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, blue with silver and white across sides, white roof. B-

Trevor Bayne #6 Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford FusionExcept for the change from 16 to 6, no change. B-

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, white with multi-colored checkerboard pattern on bottom. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Roush Performance Ford FusionAside from changing from 16 to 6, no change. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Ford Eco-Boost Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, similar to 2016 #17, but with patriotic motif replacing old design. B+

Trevor Bayne #6 Roush Performance/Hines Park Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Roush Performance, but with Hines Park on the hood. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Ford Eco-Boost Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as patriotic, but stars have been removed. A-

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Mark Martin’s Stroh’s Light Throwback Ford Thunderbird. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Liberty National Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, blue with pink elements. F

Trevor Bayne #6 Ford Eco-Boost Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as previous #6 Ford Eco-Boost, but with pink instead of red. F

TOMMY BALDWIN RACING #7

Elliott Sadler #7 Golden Corral Chevy SSNo change. A

JJ Yeley #7 Accell Construction Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as previous, but red hood has been replaced by black hood. C

JJ Yeley #7 Accell Construction Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, American flag motif across whole car. A

JJ Yeley #7 Zombie Auto Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with yellow Zombie Auto logos on sides and hood. A

Hermie Sadler #7 We’re Game Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with green designs on side. C-

Justin Marks #7 Golden Corral/Katerra Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white front, black rear, cutting edge designs on sides. D+

Joey Gase #7 Donate Life Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with yellow, blue and white stripes on sides, hand prints on hood. C-

Joey Gase #7 Eternal Fan Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017 white with yellow and blue wave patterns on sides. A-

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Danica Patrick #10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, white front, green stripe, and blue bottom. A

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, lighter blue, Post-It motif replaced by silver wing, and some minor color changes. F

Danica Patrick #10 TaxAct Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme as 2016, but side and front stripes are bigger. A

Danica Patrick #10 Mobil 1 Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as #41. A

Danica Patrick #10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, blue with white hood and roof, silver stripes between the two. A

Danica Patrick #10 Wonder Woman Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, red front, fades to white rear, Wonder Woman logos on sides and hood. A

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Bakery/Feeding American Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, orange replaces blue. A

Danica Patrick #10 Code 3 Associates/CSU One Cure Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Code 3 Associates, but with CSU and One Cure on the side. A

Danica Patrick #10 Colorado State University One Cure Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, green, gold, and white with paw motif. B+

Danica Patrick #10 Ford Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale Jarrett’s 1999 Championship winning car. A

Danica Patrick #10 Warrior by Danica Patrick/HSN.com Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, teal front, blue rear, cutting edge designs across whole car. C-

Danica Patrick #10 Warriors In Pink Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, pink with white and tattoo designs. F

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Aspen Dental, but with patriotic motif. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, lighter blue, with an orange paintbrush design on sides. B-

Denny Hamlin #11 SportClips Toyota CamrySlight changes for 2017, door number colors reversed, stripe colors reversed as well. C-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Cares Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, orange replaces silver, much more simple design. A

Denny Hamlin #11 Sport Clips Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, based on Ray Hendrick’s Modified scheme. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx/Walgreens Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, wider version of 2016 scheme, with more white. A

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy SS-No change. A

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Chevy SSAside from the new team, no change. A

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Military Chevy SSNo change. F

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Smokey Yunick Throwback Chevy SSNo change. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, white top, red and white stripe across side, blue bottom. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Automotion Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, red top, black bottom, white stripes across sides. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Centers Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, white hood, roof, and decklid, red, yellow, and black triangle sides. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Demo Days Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Haas, but with Demo Days on hood. A

Clint Bowyer #14 HAAS CNC Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, colors reversed. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Cars 3 Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, same as #42. B+

Clint Bowyer #14 Nature’s Bakery/Feeding American Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as #10. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Stops Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Mobil 1,but with Rush Truck Stops on sides. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Carolina Dodge Dealers Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Mark Martin’s #1 Bill Davis Ford Thunderbird used from 1988 to 1991. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Five Star Urgent Care Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, red, white and blue stripe with wave form pattern on bottom red stripe. B

Clint Boywer #14 Rush Truck Stops/Mobil Delvac Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Rush Truck Stops, but with Mobil Delvac on sides. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Damnation Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, field motif with characters on sides. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #15

Michael Waltrip #15 Aaron’s Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, blue photo motif across car, white hood, yellow door numbers. D-

Reed Sorenson #15 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black with white numbers. A

Reed Sorenson #15 The Maids Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, yellow with blue lettering and numbers. A

Reed Sorenson #15 VIP Racing Experience Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with white VIP Racing Experience logos on sides and hood. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Xchange of America Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue with Xchange of America logos. A

Joey Gase #15 Sparks Energy Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with yellow paint splatter on sides. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Harrah’s Casino Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, silver has been removed, black with white numbers and logos. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Internetwork Engineering Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, all black with Internetwork Engineering logo on hood. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Low T Center Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as #55. F

Ross Chastain #15 Protect Your Mellon Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, red, with yellow and white stripe across sides. A

Reed Sorenson#15 Energex.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with Energex.com logos on sides and hood. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Corrigan Oil Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white stripe across bottom, black with red and blue stripes across sides. A

Kevin O’Connell #15 SBC Construction /Apollo Opening Roofing System Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, American flag motif across whole car. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Loser’s Bar Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with Loser’s Bar logo on sides and hood. A

Gray Gaulding #15 La Colombe Draft Latte Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, red, white, and blue vertical stripes. A

BJ McLeod #15 American Campus Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017 black with white American Campus logos on sides and hood. A

Gary Klutt #15 Fusilo Construction/Color Compass Corporation Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with blue and white stripe across the side. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Low T Center Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, white replaces black. F

Reed Sorenson #15 Xchange Of America Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, based of Bud Moore’s Motorcraft scheme from the 1980’s. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Ol’ Hick Hickory Pellets Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with white Ol’ Hick logos on sides and hood. A

Mark Thompson #15 Phoenix Air Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with red wing design near front wheel well. A

DJ Kennington #15 Northern Provincial Pipelines LTD Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, Canadian Flag motif across whole car. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Ford FusionNo change. F

Rickey Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Commemorative Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, but the colors have been reversed. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford FusionNo change. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, red top, blue and white striped side. D-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.#17 Go Bowling Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, red, and black with bowling pin and lane motif on sides. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford FusionNo change. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Back Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, dark blue with yellow and light blue designs on side and hood. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, design reversed, red removed. A-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 NESN Fuel Ford FusionAside from the change from #16 to #17, no change. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Darrell Waltrip’s Western Auto scheme. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Back Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as previous #17, but door numbers are not pink. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Robert Yates Tribute Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Robert Yates Racing’s Texaco scheme. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryAside from moving the characters around, no major changes for 2017. A

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Crispier Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Patriotic Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, same as red Skittles, but with white stripes across bottom, and star motif on hood and roof. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue with orange M&M’s on sides, and a multi colored design on hood. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Patriotic Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, brown with red, white and blue stripes and designs on sides. B-

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, dark purple with fire motif on sides and hood. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, much closer to original design, with subtle Halloween elements on rear. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Daniel Suarez #19 Arris Toyota CamrySame basic scheme as 2016, Aaris replaces Surfboard. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Stanley Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Daniel Suarez #19 Subway Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme as 2016, but white on sides has been removed. A-

Daniel Suarez #19 Arris Toyota CamrySame basic scheme as last year, but gray replaces orange on quarter panel. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Irwin Tools/Lennox Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue front, fade to white, with red lettering on rear. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Comcast Business Toyota CamryNo change. D-

Daniel Suarez #19 Camping World Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue with yellow curve across side. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt/Flexvolt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, yellow, with black stripes up the sides and hood. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2017, same as 2016 #18. F

Matt Kenseth #20 Tide Pods Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017 orange front with subtle designs, blue rear with subtle designs. F

Matt Kenseth #20 PEAK Antifreeze Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2017, similar to 2016 #15, but spikes are more pronounced. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Blue Def Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, same as PEAK but with colors reversed. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Toyota Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with red, white, and silver cutting edge design. F

Matt Kenseth #20 Circle K Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, white top, orange stripe down center, red bottom. A

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt/Wounded Warrior Project Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as DeWalt, but with subtle camouflage effect on yellow. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Freightliner Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, all white with Freightliner logos. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Toyota Care Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, slightly toned down design, with white replacing black. D-

Matt Kenseth #20 Circle K Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, stripe curves up at rear, white numbers are changed to orange. A-

Matt Kenseth #20 American Red Cross/Toyota 4 Good Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as white Toyota Care but with adjusted logos. D-

Matt Kenseth #20 Sirius/XM Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with wave blue designs on sides. B+

Matt Kenseth #20 Xfinity Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue with stars and red stripe on bottom. A

WOOD BROTHER RACING #21

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft Ford FusionNo Change. A

Ryan Blaney #21 OmniCraft Auto Parts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, orange replaces red. A-

Ryan Blaney #21 Quick Lane Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, blue and white numbers replace gold numbers, larger Quick Lane logo on sides. A

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft/SKF Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Motorcraft but with SKF on sides. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change D

Joey Logano #22 AAA Ford FusionNo Change. D

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford FusionNo Change. D-

Joey Logano #22 AAA of Southern California Ford FusionNo Change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, all yellow, with some lighter yellow geometrical designs across car. A

Joey Logano #22 Duralast Brakes Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, yellow front, modified Penske template, checkered black middle to rear. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, orange front, white rear, Penske Template. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Jimmy Vasser’s 2002 scheme. A

Joey Logano #22 American Red Cross Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Red and white Penske template. A

BK RACING #23

Joey Gase #23 Best Furnishing Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue with paintbrush style white and yellow designs across side. F

Joey Gase #23 Schluter Systems Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, but stripes have been replaced by geometric designs D-

Joey Gase #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme as 2016, but angled lines replace curved lines. B+

Gray Gaulding #23 SunFrog.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, green front, black and green middle to rear. C+

Gray Gaulding #23 Bubba Burger Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, digital camouflage with patriotic stripe across side. F

Gray Gaulding #23 Addiction Campuses Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue and white sunburst design which fades from light to dark. D+

Alon Day #23 Earthwater Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with bright green and blue designs on sides. D-

Corey LaJoie #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, plain dark red with Dr. Pepper logos. A

Corey LaJoie #23 Lehigh Valley Phantoms Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with Phantom logos and motif across car. A

Corey LaJoie #23 JAS Trucking Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, similar to #83 but all black has been removed. A

Corey LaJoie #23 Dr. Pepper Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, based on Davey Allison’s 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Sweet Frog Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, light green and white with pink and white waves on sides. F

Corey LaJoie #23 Jewel-Osco Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, red and black cutting edge designs on sides. F

Corey LaJoie #23 Schroth Racing Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with silver and yellow designs on sides and hood. F

Corey LaJoie #23 Freshbeards Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, all black with white logos. A

Corey LaJoie #23 My Freedom Smokes Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with gold and white design on sides and hood. A

Corey LaJoie #23 Beardfresh/Earthwater Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, black with Beardfresh on hood and Earthwater on sides. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme as 2016, but with yellow accents across sides. A

Chase Elliott #24 Kelly Blue Book Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, design similar to #11 FedEx. A

Chase Elliott #24 Sun Energy Chevy SSNo Change. F

Chase Elliott #24 Hooters Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, white sides with orange stripes, orange roof. C-

Chase Elliott #24 Little Ceasers/Mountain Dew Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with orange trim and logos. A

Chase Elliot #24 Mountain Dew Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as #5 but black replaces white as the primary color. A

Chase Elliot #24 NAPA Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Bill Elliott’s 1976 #9 scheme. A

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Brakes Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as NAPA but with BRAKES on sides. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #27

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Richmond Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, black front, yellow sides, black at bottom of wheel well. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Peak Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with Peak colors. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Valvoline Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with 2016 setup. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/FVP Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017 Menard’s template with FVP colors, black replaces silver. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerkey Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, Menard’s template with red front and quarter panel. B-

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Duracell Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with black and gold. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template, with Dutch Boy blue, and the chipped motif has been removed. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Libman’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template, with Libman colors. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Rockstar Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with black Rockstar motif. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Knauf Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with Knauf blue on sides and hood. B-

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Tarkett Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, Menard’s template with Tarkett colors. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Moen Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with black and blue. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Sylvania Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with Sylvania colors. F

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as regular scheme, but with vintage Dutch Boy logos on sides and hood. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Schrock Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, new Menard’s template with purple Schrock on sides and hood. B+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #31

Ryan Newman #31 CAT Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with black cutting edge design on front, black stripe across hood and top of car. B-

Ryan Newman #31 Granger Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, red replaces green, black replaces white and red. A

Ryan Newman #31 Kalahari Resorts Chevy SSNo change. C-

Ryan Newman #31 Chevrolet Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with white and gold stripes up the side. A

Ryan Newman #31 Okuma Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as #3. D+

Ryan Newman #31 CAT/Granger Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with red, black, and yellow stripes across sides. A

Ryan Newman #31 Velveeta Shells and Cheese Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, yellow with shells and cheese motif across car. A

Ryan Newman #31 Chevy Accessories Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Chevy but with Chevy Accessories on sides and hood. A

Ryan Newman #31 Caterpillar Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale Earnhardt’s Wranger scheme. A

Ryan Newman #31 CAT D100 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as CAT, but with D100 motif on sides. B+

Ryan Newman #31 Childress Vineyards Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with orange and white stripes. B+

Ryan Newman #31 Wastemasters Recycling Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with red and white stripes. B+

Ryan Newman #31 Cat Minstar Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, blue with yellow cutting edge on sides. A

GO FAS RACING #32

Matt DiBenedetto #32 EJ Wade Foundation Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, white with blue ribbon design on sides. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Cosmo Motors Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme for 2017, but circle around door has been removed. B-

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Can Am/Kappa Ford FusionNo change. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, white with black stripe and red roof and door numbers. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 EJ Wade Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, white fade to black across whole car. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Incredible Bank Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, green top, orange and green checkered flag motif across sides. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Reddit Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, white with orange and black cutting edge designs on side. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Anest Iwata Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, blue front, fade to white and red on sides. B

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Weir’s Motor Sales Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, black with green and yellow zigzag designs across the sides. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Dick Stevens Snacks Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, white front and rear, green checkered patter in middle. C-

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts Bobby Allison Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Bobby Allison’s famous #12 Miller High Life Buick. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Incredible Bank/TMNT Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, comic book motif across whole car. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Ford Eco-Boost Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, blue with white, silver, and black diagonal stripes on sides. C-

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, white with black and pink stripes and door numbers. F

CIRCLE SPORT/TMG MOTORSPORTS #33

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Starter Chevy SSAside from the new team, no change. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Starter, but with no logos. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Superior Logistics Services Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Starter but with Superior Logistics Services logo on hood. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Nice Ride Apparel Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Starter but with Nice Ride Apparel logo on sides hood. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Detail 2U/K1 Speed Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Starter but with Detail 2U logo on hood and K1 logo on sides. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Towne Bank Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Starter, but with Towne Bank logos on sides and hood. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Hulu Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, green top, white bottom, black on front. A

Boris Said #33 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Hulu, but without the logos. A

Boris Said #33 Genesee Light Beer Ford FusionNo change. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Hulu Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale Earnhardt’s Lowe’s Foods scheme. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 HULU/TMNT Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, comic book motif across whole car. F

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford FusionNo change. A

Landon Cassill #34 Starkey Hearing Foundation Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Front Row template has been revamped, with blue and white color scheme. A

Landon Cassill #34 FR8 Auctions Ford FusionNo change. D+

Landon Cassill #34 The Pete Store Ford FusionAside from switching from #38, no change. A

Landon Cassill #34 CSX Play It Safe Ford FusionNo change. A

Landon Cassill #34 Loves/Winstar Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Love’s, but with Winstar logo on hood. A

Landon Cassill #34 A&W Ford FusionNo change. A

Landon Cassill #34 MDS/#checkitforandretti Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as 2016 MDS, but with #checkitforandretti on sides. A

Landon Cassill #34 CSX Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as CSX, but with red, white and blue. A

Landon Cassill #34 CSX Play It Safe Ford FusionNo change. A

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops Support The Troops Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, black elements replace yellow elements. F

Landon Cassill #34 Jacob Companies Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, same as #38. C-

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as last year, but stripes have been straightened. A

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops/Roller Bites Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Love’s, but with Roller Bites on hood. A

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops/Speedco Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Love’s, but with Speedco on the hood. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Chris Buescher #37 Cottonelle Chevy SS-New team for 2017, white sides with blue roof and bottom. A

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Checklist Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as #47 Kroger. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Baked Beans Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, aside from team change, no change. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, light blue with white and dark blue patriotic designs. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Scott Products/Kingsford Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Cottonelle, but with silver numbers. A

Chris Buescher #37 Velveeta Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with red designs on sides. A

Chris Buescher #37 Kingsford Chevy SSAside from changing from #47 to #37, no change. A

Chris Buescher #37 Cars 3/Kleenex Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, based on Lightning McQueen’s design from Cars 3. C

Chris Buescher #37 Maxwell House Max Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with white letters, and red design on side. A

Chris Buescher#37 Liberty Tax Service Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue and white with patriotic motif. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Coffee Mate Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, patriotic motif across whole car. A

Chris Buescher #37 Bryers Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with green stripe on bottom. A

Chris Buescher #37 Clorox Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Kroger, but with Clorox on sides. A

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Grilling Beans Chevy SSNo change. A

Chris Buescher #37 Cheerios Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Patty Moise’s Crisco scheme. A

Chris Buescher #37 Nature Valley Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, yellow with black stripes across sides. A

Chris Buescher #37 Gain Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, green Gain motif across whole car. A

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Chili Beans Chevy SSNo change. A

Chris Buescher #37 Scott Towels Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, red, white and blue, with thin wave stripes on sides. C-

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

David Ragan #38 Camping World/Good Sam Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, blue front, yellow and red oval design on rear. B-

David Ragan #38 Jacob Companies Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2017, blue with white and silver zig-zag design across car. C-

David Ragan #38 Juice Battery Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, blue, tan, black and red with a series of stripes across the whole side of the car. F

David Ragan #38 Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, white with gold numbers. A

David Ragan #38 Overton’s Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, blue with cloud motif across car. A

David Ragan #38 Dockside Logistics Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as 2015 #34 Dockside Logistics. A

David Ragan #38 Shriner’s Hospital Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, white with red and gray design on sides. A

David Ragan #38 Jacob Companies Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, red and black with Jacob companies logos on sides. F

David Ragan #38 Shriner’s Hospital Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, blue replaces white. A

David Ragan #38 Good Sam Throwback Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, based on older Good Sam logo. A

David Ragan #38 1000 Bulbs Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, white with red and black cutting edge designs on sides. D+

David Ragan #38 The House.com Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, gray with red and white stripes on sides. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #41

Kurt Busch #41 Monster Ford FusionNo Change. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Ford FusionNo Change. A

Kurt Busch #41 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, same as #14, but with green replacing blue. A

Kurt Busch #41 Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as other SHR Mobil 1 schemes, but with gold trim. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Demo Day/Monster Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Haas/Monster, but with Haas Demo Days on sides. A

Kurt Busch #41 State Water Heaters Chevy SSNo Change. B+

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy SSAside from the new car number, no change. F

Kyle Larson #42 Target Chevy SSNo change. A

Kyle Larson #42 Coca Cola Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, red with frost motif. A

Kyle Larson #42 Target/Cars 3 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, Target front, Cars 3 motif across sides. B+

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, but with patriotic elements added. F

Kyle Larson #42 Energizer Chevy SSNo change. C-

Kyle Larson #42 Huggies Chevy SS-No change. D+

Kyle Larson #42 First Data Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white fade to blue with circuit board designs across whole car. A

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Bank Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Kyle Petty’s Coors Light scheme. A

Kyle Larson #42 Refresh Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue fade to white on top, wave form on sides. C

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Aric Almirola #43 Smithfield Ford FusionNo Change. B+

Aric Almiroa #43 U.S. Air Force Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, same basic scheme, but with more lightning. A

Aric Almirola #43 STP Ford FusionNo change. B-

Aric Almirola #43 Fresh From Florida Ford FusionNo change. F

Aric Almorla #43 STP Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Richard Petty’s 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix that he won his 200th race in. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Stouffers/Cheez It’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with blue diagonal stripes, and black and red curves across sides. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Ralph’s/Checklist/Oscar Meyer Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Kroger but with Ralph’s logos. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Fry’s/Checklist/Velveta Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Kroger but with Fry’s logos. B+

AJ Allmendnger #47 Dillon’s Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Kroger, but with Dillon’s on hood. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Harris Teeter/Express Lane/Heinz Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as Kroger, but green replaces blue. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Bryers/Velveeta Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Terry Labonte’s Piedmont scheme. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Dillon’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as Kroger but with Dillon’s on the hood. B+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, light blue with diagonal stripes and geometric patterns on side. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, dark blue with diagonal stripes and geometric patterns on side. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Hitachi Chevy-New scheme for 2017, same a Lowe’s, but with Hitachi on quarter panels. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes/AO Smith Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Lowe’s, but with AO Smith on sides. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with a series of patriotic designs on sides and hood. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, blue with black, yellow and blue stripes across bottom. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, based on a 1986 Lowe’s truck. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Sharkbite Plumbing Solutions Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Lowe’s, but with Sharkbite Plumbing Solutions on sides. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Marshaltown Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Lowe’s but with Marshaltown on sides. F

RICK WARE RACING #51

Timmy Hill #51 Spoonful Music Foundation Chevy SS-New team for 2017, white with racing stripe design on hood, plain white sides. A

Cody Ware #51 Spoonful Music Foundation Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as #51 white, but black and colors reversed. A

Timmy Hill #51 Dashub Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue with silver, white, and red cutting edge designs across signs. B-

Timmy Hill #51 Bubba Burger Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue, with red, silver, and white stripes on sides. A

Timmy Hill #51 Go Parts Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as black Spoonful, but with Go Parts logos on hood and quarter panels. A

Timmy Hill #51 Fenton Motors Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Bubba Burgers, but with Fenton Motors on sides and hood. A

Timmy Hill #51 SleepFresh Mattress Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with dark red and light blue stripe up the sides. A

Timmy Hill #51 Lilly Trucking Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with white and blue designs on side. B+

Timmy Hill #51 Charlie’s Soap Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with red and white letters, and Charlie’s Soap logos on sides and hood. A

Cody Ware #51 ECU Pirates Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue with white and yellow stripes on sides. A

Cody Ware #51 Clemson Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, based on Clemson’s football helmet. A

Josh Bilicki #51 Marriott/Climate Fieldview Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with red and white cutting edge designs on sides. F

BJ MacLeod #51 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Clemson, but without logos. A

Josh Bilicki #51 Prevagen Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with Prevagen logos on sides and hood. A

BJ McLeod #51 Corrigan Oil Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as #15. A

BJ McLeod #51 Nex Transport/Spoonful Music Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black, with red and white curve on sides. A

Cody Ware #51 Bubba Burger/Pray For Texas Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, based on the Mello Yello schemes of the 1990’s. A

BJ McLeod #51 Bubba Burger Texas Strong Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with Camaro stripes, and logos on sides and hood. A

Ray Black Jr. #51 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black with water motif on right side. A

BJ McLeod #51 Donnie Neuenberger Foundation Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with yellow and white wave form on sides. B+

BJ McLeod #51 Collin Bryan Construction Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Donnie Newberger Foundation, but with Collin Bryan Construction logos. B+

BJ McLeod #51 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Donnie Neuenberger Foundation, but without logos. B+

Ray Black Jr.#51 Scubalife Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with red rear, and scuba motif on sides. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #55

Derrike Cope #55 Wade Tractor/adrenalinpwr.com Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with Wade Tractor on hood, and adrenalinpwr.com logo on sides. A

Derrike Cope #55 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black with white numbers. A

Derrike Cope #55 Low T Center Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with green and white polka dot motif near rear. F

Reed Sorenson #55 Xchange of America Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as #15. A

Derrike Cope #55 Ckezepis Law Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with Ckezepis Law logo on hood. A

Derrike Cope #55 Twin Peaks Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with Twin Peaks logos on sides and hood. A

Derrike Cope #55 Star Com Fiber Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with green polka dot motif on sides. B-

Tommy Regan #55 OscaroParts.com/Capri Tools Chevy SS-New sponsors for 2017, white with blue OscaroParts.com logo on hood, and Capri Tools on sides. A

Reed Sorenson #55 Royal Teak Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, black replaces white. A

Gray Gaulding #55 Check It For Andretti Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black carbon fiber motif with Check It For Andretti logos on sides and hood. A

Derrike Cope #55 Sundance Vacations/United Way Toyota Camry-New sponsors for 2017, black with Sundance Vacations on hood, and United Way on sides. A

Derrike Cope #55 Mane N Tall/Straight Arrow Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Derrike’s 1995 Ford Thunderbird. A

Derrike Cope #55 La Colombe Draft Latte Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as #15. A

Gray Gaulding #55 US First Responders Association Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, red and white, similar to Bodine throwback, with US First Responders logo on hood. A

Gray Gaulding #55 Wind River Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, green front, white fade to black on rear. F

DJ Kennington #55 Dirt and Rock Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with white and green Dirt and Rock logos. A

CARL LONG MOTORSPORTS #66

Carl Long #66 Poker Palace Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, green front, red, yellow and white rear. D-

Timmy Hill #66 Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Poker Palace, but with Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship logo on hood. D-

Timmy Hill #66 U.S. Chrome Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Poker Palace, but with U.S. Chrome on hood. D-

David Starr #66 Moore Freight Service Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with Moore Freight Service logos on sides and hood. A

David Starr #66 Eureka Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with blue designs on sides. B-

TRISTAR MOTORSPORTS #72

Cole Whitt #72 Florida Lottery Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, black sides, orange and blue hood to roof. D-

Cole Whitt #72 Rinnai Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with black and red Rinnai logos on sides and hood. B+

Cole Whitt #72 Standard Plumbing Supply Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with white and red letters and logos. B+

Cole Whitt #72 SoCal Chevy Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black with white logos on sides and hood. B+

Cole Whitt #72 Bad Boy Mowers Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with orange cutting edge designs on sides. F

Cole Whitt #72 RTIC Coolers Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, lighter blue and ice motif replaces darker blue, black carbon fiber hood. A

Cole Whitt #72 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, plain black with white and black numbers. A

Cole Whitt #72 Bad Boy Mowers Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with orange and white cutting edge designs on sides. C-

Cole Whitt #72 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, plain black with white numbers. A

Cole Whitt #72 RTIC Coolers Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, but with patriotic elements. A

Cole Whitt #72 Moen Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with blue design across sides. B

Cole Whitt #72 Unique Pretzel Company Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue with vertical fade to white, and white hood. A-

Cole Whitt #72 Bad Boy Mowers Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black with Bad Boy Mowers logos on sides and hood. A

Cole Whitt #72 Ted Whitt Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Ted Whitt’s race car from the 1970’s. A

Cole Whitt #72 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, numbers and stripes are pink. F

Cole Whitt #72 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, white with red and black numbers. A

BEARD RACING #75

Brendan Gaughan #75 Beard Oil Chevy SS-New team for 2017, all black with white logos and numbers. A

Brendan Gaughan #75 Beard Oil Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Beard Oil from Daytona, but with logos on sides. A

FURNITURE ROW RACING #77

Erik Jones #77 5-Hour Energy Toyota CamryNew team for 2017, red front, red and yellow lightning stripe across black sides, red rear. C-

Erik Jones #77 5-Hour Energy Extra Stength Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as 2017 5-Hour Energy, but with Extra Strength on sides and hood. C-

Erik Jone #77 Sirius/XM Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with blue and silver designs across whole car. F

Erik Jones #77 Toyota Service Centers Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, same as 5-Hour Energy, but with Toyota Service Center logos. C-

Erik Jones #77 SportClips Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, slightly modified version of #11 from 2016. C-

Erik Jones #77 Gamestop Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with blue circle designs on hood and quarter panel. A

Erik Jones #77 Toyota Care Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, red, white, and black with a series of curved stripes on sides. F

Erik Jones #77 GameStop/Cars 3 Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, based on one of the cars from Cars 3. A

Erik Jones #77 5-Hour Energy Mosaic Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as 5-Hour Energy, but throwback photos have been placed across whole car. F

FURNITURE ROW RACING #78

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row Toyota CamryNo change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, red and black stripes with a camo stripe at the bottom. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, same as #77. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, fewer stripes, but same basic scheme. B+

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, black with American Flag motif on sides and hood. A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Wix Filters Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with green cutting edge designs on sides, and sublimated Wix Filter logos across whole car. F

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, same as Bass Pro Shops, but light green fade to light purple replaces orange. F

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the introduction of tracker boats. B-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as last year, but with hearts added on sides. A

BK RACING #83

Corey LaJoie #83 Dustless Blasting Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Corey LaJoie #83 JAS Trucking Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, black with blue door numbers and white lettering and white stripes. D-

Corey LaJoie #83 BK Racing Graphics Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with red and silver stripes across sides. B-

Corey LaJoie #83 Bubba Burger Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, black with flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #83 RMC Events Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue with black and white designs on sides. B+

Corey LaJoie #83 EJ Wade Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same color scheme, but cutting edges have been flattened. A

Corey LaJoie #83 Hope For Warriors Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017 silver replaces red, much more streamlined design. C

Ryan Sieg #83 J&S Trucking Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, white has been removed entirely from design. A

Ryan Sieg #83 BK Racing Graphics Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black, with red, silver, and red cutting edge stripe across sides. B-

Stephen Light #83 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, black replaces white. F

Brent Moffitt #83 Northwestern Technological Institute Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with blue and white stripes. A

Corey LaJoie #83 HMS Motorsports Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black, with red, white, and blue curves from front to center. F

Corey LaJoie #83 Safeway Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with red Safeway designs on sides, and white rear. F

Corey LaJoie#83 Champion Machinery Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, white with blue checkered flag on front, and blue stripes on sides. C

Brett Moffitt #83 Super Donut Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with red, yellow, and white stripes on sides. F

Brett Moffitt #83 Earthwater Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, same as #23. D-

Gray Gaulding #83 Autism Speaks Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue with red, white and blue stripes up the sides. A

Gray Gaulding #83 The Country Network/Earthwater Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as Earthwater, but with The Country Network on the hood. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, blue design similar to last year’s. with blue vertical stripes next to silver door numbers. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Axalta Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, yellow front, a series of red and yellow geometrical designs across sides, red rear. F

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew-S-A Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, light blue with white stripes, and dark red letters. C-

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Childrens Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, white with rainbow stripe, and multi-colored butterflies on sides and hood. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr.#88 Axalta/Maaco Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Axalta but with Maaco logos on sides. F

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with a more minimalist patriotic scheme. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, metallic gold, with yellow, light green, and dark green cutting edge designs on sides. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale’s #3 AC Delco scheme from the Xfinity Series. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale’s Budweiser scheme, his first paint scheme in the Cup Series in 1999. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Axalta/Ducks Unlimited Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black hood and top, Front Row template based design, camouflage on sides. F

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide/Chevy Truck Month Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Nationwide, but with Chevy Truck Month on sides. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Grey Ghost Chevy SSNo change. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr.#88 Nationwide/Justice League Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black with Justice League motif on sides and hood. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Michael McDowell #95 K-LOVE Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same colors, but with stripes across front half of sides. A

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors Chevy SSNo change. A

Michael McDowell #95 Leavine Family Surfboards Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, vintage “Woody” design. A

Michael McDowell #95 Winn Dixie Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, red with black and yellow stripe on sides. A

Michael McDowell #95 Tommy Williams Drywall Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, drywall motif with blue lettering on sides and hood. A

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors Camouflage Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, camouflage replaces white. F

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors Alan Kulwicki Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Alan Kulwicki’s 1986 Quincy Steakhouse scheme. A

Michael McDowell #95 Race Wipes Chevy SS-New sponsors for 2017, blue front with green stripe, and darker blue bottom, green stripe down middle, white rear. C-

Michael McDowell #95 Devour Frozen Meals Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black front, green and silver cutting edge designs on sides. C

Michael McDowell #95 Procore Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with orange hexagon on sides. A

Michael McDowell #95 Jolt Eye Drops Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue with mountain motif across car. A

GAUNT BROS RACING #96

DJ Kennington #96 Lordco Toyota Camry-New team for 2017, blue front, black middle, white rear, curve stripes between the three. C-

DJ Kennington #96 Triad CNC Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with a series of triangle logos on sides. B+

An Interview With Alexis DeJoria Revisited

By David G. Firestone

[Since Alexis has retired from racing, I’ve decided to revisit an interview I did with her earlier in the year.]

Though it was produced by Casa 7 Leguas, one of Mexico’s oldest distilleries for years, Tequila Patrón wasn’t always the high quality product we know today. In fact, for many years, it was more along the lines of bottom-shelf store brand tequila, that was consumed for intoxication, as opposed to flavor. That all changed in 2000. In 1989, St. Maarten Spirits, owned by John Paul DeJoria and Martin Crowley, purchased the rights to the brand.

In 2000, St. Maarten Spirits, hired Ed Brown as CEO. Brown realized that making the brand into a premium brand would increase sales. In 2002, the company moved production to a brand new facility. Inspired by Gray Goose ads, Tequila Patrón advertising began to promote the product as “premium” and it boasted “taste and sophistication.” Eventually, with a little help from Lil Jon, and other hip hop, and country singers, Tequila Patrón has not only become a fixture in the trendiest nightclubs and restaurants, but also a part of pop culture.

One other way Patrón Tequila boosts their product is through auto racing sponsorship. Tequila Patrón could be considered more devoted than most companies to auto racing. CEO Ed Brown is also a driver for Extreme Speed Motorsports, an FIA World Endurance Championship team, which races in the Weathertech SportsCar Championship. Brown and his team have won the 2014 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona, and the 2016 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Tequila Patrón’s other major racing sponsorship comes in the form of John Paul DeJoria’s daughter Alexis. Alexis DeJoria got her start in 2005 in the NHRA Sportsman division, first racing in Super Gas before moving to Super Comp, and winning the Sportsman Nationals. In 2006, she stared racing in Top Alcohol Funny Car, and by 2009, she had founded her own team, sponsored by Tequila Patrón.

2011 was a big year for Alexis. She scored her first win in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the 2011 NHRA Northwest Nationals, becoming the second woman to do so. She also got her nitro licensee, and joined Kalitta Motosports, driving the Tequila Patrón Toyota Funny Car. She had moderate success in 2012, and 2013.

2014 was her breakout year, winning the first race at Phoenix, the first race at Las Vegas, and the coveted US Nationals at Indianapolis. She also became the first woman to race a sub 4-second run, with a 3.998 run at Ponoma.

In 2015, Alexis didn’t have the same success as the previous year, making it to only one final round, losing to defending Funny Car champion Matt Hagan. She did make the Countdown to the Championship, finishing 8th in the standings. 2016 was looking to be a good year. She won the first Las Vegas race, and set personal ET and speed records at Topeka, where she ran a 3.875ET 332.18 MPH in Q2. Sadly, a broken pelvis at Toyota Sonoma Nationals, at Sonoma, and a concussion at the Toyota Nationals at Las Vegas stalled what could have been a championship season.

2017 has been a mixed bag for Alexis. She has had some good runs, and put up some good numbers. Though a family issue has forced her to miss a few events, she isn’t out of the championship picture yet. If Robert Hight can win the Funny Car championship from the 10th seed, Alexis can surely win too.

I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Alexis about her Funny Car uniform. After the Jack Beckman interview, I decided to take a bit of a different route, this time, more focusing on Alexis’ preferences, as opposed to trying to get as much general Funny Car uniform information. I’d also like to say a huge Thank You to Allison McCormick, who went above and beyond to help make this interview a reality! Without further ado, my interview with Alexis DeJoria:

Dave-What is your uniform setup for a race weekend, that is, how do you rotate suits, helmets, shoes, gloves, etc over a race weekend?

Alexis-I have two firesuits, two helmets, two sets of gloves, two pairs of shoes, two pairs of fire boots, and multiple pairs of carbonex underwear and tops. Throughout the race season, I go back and forth between the two suits. They get pretty dirty so I try not to wear one over and over again. I rotate between the two of them and at the end of the year, I sign them and auction them off for charity.

Dave-How long do driver gloves, shoes, and balaclavas tend to last?

Alexis-I’ve had my balaclavas and some of my carbonex underwear, tops and socks for a few years. I take really good care of my things. They do get pretty thrashed, but I take them home and wash them after every race and hang them to dry. Shoes, it just depends. I wear them until they have holes in them basically; until they’re no longer safe. Same goes for my gloves.

Dave-Some drivers black out parts of their helmet visor to cut down on distraction, which Jack Beckman referred to as “the Clydesdale effect.” I have noticed that you prefer to have your whole visor clear, have you tried the Clydesdale effect?

Alexis-I have not tried ‘the Clydesdale effect.’ For me personally, I like to be able to focus on the top end of the race track where I want to end up, but also still be able to see in my peripheral vision. For me it helps, especially on race day; I like to see and be prepared for whatever may happen.

Dave-You suffered a series of crashes during the season last year, and missed a number of races as a direct result. Did you have to modify your uniform

Alexis-No modifications to my uniform were made. There were some modifications done to the cockpit of the race car to make it safer in the event of something like that happening again. But no, as far as what I wear personally, there were no modifications.

Alexis was also kind enough to share some pictures of her racing uniform:Image by Gary Nastase

Images by William Lester

Alexis DeJoria has experienced a lot of ups and downs in her racing career. Her driving talent and her tenacity have helped her reach the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. She is a popular driver, and having met her in person at Route 66, I can honestly say she is an amazing person. I would like to thank her, and Allison McCormick for helping make this happen!

Paint Scheme Grades-November 11, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First some 2018 schemes…

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford Fusion-Discount Tire always has great looking cars, and this is no exception. It’s a smooth look, it has a great color scheme, and it earns an A.

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Chevy Camaro-It’s a horrible shade of green, with a decent shade of blue. The look is awful, it’s a bad design, and I can’t give it anything but an F.

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger Chevy Camaro-L like the color scheme, but the design scheme, while decent, is a bit over-designed. It’s worth a B-.

Now on to the 2017 schemes.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Olympics Chevy SS-The winter motif and new color scheme work very well here, it’s a good look. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Justice League Chevy SS-The red and gold look is really good. The design scheme works very well too. It’s an all around great look. A

Joey Gase #7 Donate Life Chevy SS-The hood design works very well, but the side design is another story. It’s an ugly, over designed mess, with a decent color scheme. All things considered, it earns a C-.

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Patriotic Ford Fusion-Adding patriotic elements doesn’t do that much to help the scheme. It is the same F grade as the regular Aspen Dental scheme.

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Stops/Mobil Delvac Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Rush Truck Stops, same A grade.

Matt Kenseth #20 Xfinity Toyota Camry-It’s a bold look, not over designed, and has a great color scheme. It works very well. A

Ray Black Jr.#51 Scubalife Chevy SS-The whole motif works very well, and the color scheme is good. For some reason, water motifs on cars work well. Anyway, it’s worth an A.

David Starr #66 Moore Freight Service Chevy SS-A simple look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Gray Gaulding #83 The Country Network/Earthwater Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Earthwater, same F grade.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.#88 Nationwide/Justice League Chevy SS-The black Justice League motif works very well, and the scheme as a whole is a great look. I can’t give this anything less than an A.

“Mighty” Mike Niemann Loves His Sharpies!

By David G. Firestone

Minor League November rolls on, and for this week’s edition, we are heading to the Bay Area, specifically to the San Francisco Region of the SCCA, for a suit that has an interesting wearer.

California has a rich racing history. The NHRA was founded there, and many racers come from the west coast. There are many oval and road courses dotting the course. One such course is Laguna Seca. Built in 1957, after Ernie McAfee was killed at the dangerous Pebble Beach Road Races, Laguna Seca has hosted USRRC, Can-Am, Trans-Am, Formula 5000, IMSA GT, CART, American Le Mans Series, Grand American, Monterey Historic Automobile Races, Speed World Challenge, AMA (American Motorcyclist Association), WSBK Superbike World Championship and MotoGP motorcycle races.

The SCCA races in the San Francisco Region, which often races at Laguna Seca. The drivers are guys who put a lot of effort into their cars. One such driver is “Mighty” Mike Niemann of Team Miataka Racing , who is well-known for his 1992 Mazda Miata, which he “painted” with $100 in Sharpies. He has raced in a number of SCCA events, all while wearing this driver suit.This Sparco suit shows decent use, with wear on the cuffs, and some wear on the front.The collar has a Velcro closure, and has a SPARCO logo on the front.The right chest features SUNOCO, TEAM MIATAKA RACING, and SCCA patches, as well as MICHAEL NEIMANN embroidered into it.The left chest features HANKOOK TIRES,NATIONAL AUTOSPORT ASSOCIATION,MAZDA, and LAGUNA SECA patches sewn into it.The front torso is unadorned, and shows some slight use.Inside the front zipper is the tagging, including the care tags, and the warranty label. The suit has a belt, which is blue, with white outlines, and has a SPARCO logo embroidered into it.The legs are unadorned, and have standard cuffs.The shoulders have epaulets, which have Sparco logos on the lower half, but are otherwise unadorned. The right sleeve has a MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA patch on the upper half, and are otherwise unadorned. The left sleeve features the SFI 3-2A/5 certification, and is otherwise unadorned. The back of the suit has an FIA Standard 3856-2000 RS.006.01 certification on the back of the suit. Other than that, the back is unadorned. Mike Niemann painting his car with Sharpies is proof that guys who race in their spare time are just as devoted as the guys who race professionally. It took Niemann 22 days to paint his car using his Sharpies. He still races these days, and I hope he races for many years to come.

Next week is the first of a two-part series for a driver who is also a racing businessman.