Hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia, Ashton Lewis Jr. was an American driver with a lot of success on road courses. He raced in the Barber Saab Pro Series in 1992, before getting a scholarship in the British Formula Ford Championship. He made his Xfinity Series debut in 1993, and raced until 2006.
In 2004, Ashton raced for Lewis Motorsports, owned by his family. He had a decent season, scoring 3 top 5’s and 8 top 10’s in 34 races. He also finished 6499 of 6684 laps for a lap completed percentage of 97.2%. During that season, one of his crew members wore this Simpson helmet. The helmet is in decent condition, with the radio removed. The left side shows some scratches.Near the front on the left side is where the microphone was. There are some small holes where it was removed.The front doesn’t have a face shield, but it does have a visor to keep the sun out of the wearer’s eyes.The right side does show some scratches as well.The back has a lot of scratches, and one very large black scuff mark.The top shows some minor scratches.The inside has fire resistant padding, and the radio equipment has been removed. Next week, a Driver Suit Blog favorite returns!
Getting autographs in person, be it at races, conventions, or other signings is fun. I’ve been doing it for over 30 years. I’ve met a lot of athletes in this fashion. For some, autographs are a hobby, for others, they are a business. I personally love collecting autographs.
It’s not uncommon for people to bring items to sports events to sign. Fans bring baseballs to batting practice to get autographs. I’ve done this myself on several occasions. I’ve also brought items to car shows and conventions to get signed. A few years ago, I brought this motorcycle helmet to the NHRA Route 66 Nationals. It was signed by Robby Gordon when I bought it, I still have it and it’s in great condition.The left side is signed by Clay Millican,Tony Schumacher, Tommy Johnson Jr, and Ron Capps. There are no signatures on the front.The right side is signed by Terry McMillian.There are no signatures on the back.It was signed by Robby Gordon when I bought it, and his signature is on the back of the top. At the front of the top is the signature of Shirley Muldowney. The inside of the helmet doesn’t show wear. Ok…with that out of the way, let’s move on to…
If you want a delicious, filling recipe that will always go with watching racing, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than…
1 large finely chopped onions
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 28 ounce can Italian-style tomatoes
6 ounces salt-free ketchup
1/3 cup water
1 1/4 lb ricotta cheese
1 8 ounce package lasagna noodles, cooked according to directions
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese, sliced.
1/2 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.
1-Cook onion and garlic in oil until soft and yellow.
2-Add meat and continue cooking until meat is thoroughly browned
3-Add seasonings, tomatoes, ketchup, and water, and simmer until thickened, about 2 hours.
4-Arrange 1/3 of the cooked noodles in a 13 by 9 1/2 inch baking pan.
5-Top with 1/3 each, mozzarella, ricotta, and meat sauce.
6-Repeat procedure twice.
7-Sprinkle Romano or Parmesan over top layer.
8-Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, cut into squares, and serve.
We’ll stay with the helmet theme for next week.
By David G. Firestone
STARCOM RACING #00
Quin Houff #00 Victory Weekend Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A-
Quin Houff #00 Ashurst American Honey Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, yellow with black and white cutting edge designs. F
CHIP GANASSI RACING #1
TEAM PENSKE #2
Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, dark purple with yellow Penske template. F
RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3
STEWART HAAS RACING #4
Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver replaces black on hood and roof. A
Kevin Harvick #4 #PIT4BUSCH Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver with blue and white flames. A
Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza/Fields Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with a series of green and grass motif. F
ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6
Ryan Newman #6 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white, green, red, and black with zig-zag designs. C
Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black with red and yellow bottles and splatter motif. F
Ryan Newman #6 Koch Industries Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white front, black middle, blue rear. A
RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8
Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, black shattered front, red and blue mid to rear, white stripe between. F
Tyler Reddick #8 Caterpillar MinExpo 2020 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, yellow sides, paint motif, and black roof. A
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9
Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Zero Sugar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, black with green Camaro stripes and green stripes on sides. A
STEWART HAAS RACING #10
Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Pure Farmland Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with green and blue stripes. A-
JOE GIBBS RACING #11
TEAM PENSKE #12
Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, reverse color scheme of Shell/Pennzoil. D
Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Kobe Tribute Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, yellow fade to blue with snake skin motif. A
GERMAIN RACING #13
STEWART HAAS RACING #14
PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #15
Brennan Poole #15 Spartan Mosquito Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, White with yellow and blue Camaro stripes. B+
Brennan Poole #15 GOETTL Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, teal top, white stripe, green bottom. A
Brennan Poole #15 CHOC Children’s Hospital Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, white, yellow, and blue with child designs on sides and stripes. A-
KAULIG RACING #16
ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17
JOE GIBBS RACING #18
Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Dips Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, white has been added. B+
Kyle Busch #18 Snickers White Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2020, white with red and blue stripes. B
Kyle Busch #18 SportClips Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2020, same as #20. C-
JOE GIBBS RACING #
Martin Truex, Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2020, side cleaned up, more orange added. B
JOE GIBBS RACING #20
Erik Jones #20 Irwin Tools Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, blue with yellow and black stripes. C
Erik Jones #20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2020, same as #18. F
WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21
TEAM PENSKE #22
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24
William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, Axalta Sea Glass replaces dark blue. C
William Byron #24 Axalta Kobe Tribute Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, Lakers blue front, with curves up sides, and Lakers yellow on roof. A
PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #27
Reed Sorenson #27 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, blue. A
GO FAS RACING #32
Corey LaJoie #32 Pala Casino Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, red fade to black. A
Corey LaJoie #32 RagingBull.com Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, blue front, checkered flag motif side, white rear. A
Corey LaJoie #32 MotorTrend Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red slash paint motif. C-
FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34
RICK WARE RACING #36
JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37
Ryan Preece #37 Natural Light Seltzer Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, white with pink, yellow, and red fruit motif across car. F
FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38
John Hunter Nemechek #38 Fire Alarm Services Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with designs on sides, and stripes on hood. A
John Hunter Nemechek #38 Berry’s Bullets Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with gray stripes and a black stripe on rear. A
STEWART HAAS RACING #41
Cole Custer #41 Production Alliance Group Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with white and red designs on sides. B
CHIP GANASSI RACING #42
RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43
Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Coca Cola Energy Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, black with a series of tiny red stripes on sides. F
JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48
MBM MOTORSPORTS #49
Chad Finchum #49 Garrison Homes/Toyota Knoxville Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, blue and white with curves on sides. B+
RICK WARE RACING #51
Joey Gase #51 Page Construction/ASC Agri Services Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, gray with a series of designs on sides. F
Garrett Smithley #51 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, white. A
RICK WARE RACING #52
BJ McLeod #52 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, white sides, black hood and roof, curves on sides. B+
BJ McLeod #52 Christensen Arms Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, carbon fiber motif with red roof. A
JJ Yeley #52 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black. A
JJ Yeley #52 Window World Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, white with black roof, and red and black curve. A
JJ Yeley #52 Jacob Companies Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black. A
RICK WARE RACING #53
Joey Gase #53 One Legacy Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with a series of designs on sides. F
RICK WARE RACING #54
JJ Yeley #54 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black. A
BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62
MBM MOTORSPORTS #66
Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, green front, brown sides, white rear. F
Timmy Hill #66 Manscaped/Lasvegas.net Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, black front, red stripe, white rear. A-
Timmy Hill #66 Pit Boss Grills Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2020, white fade to flames to black on sides. A
SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77
Ross Chastain #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as #42. F
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88
Alex Bowman #88 Adam’s Polishes/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, black with orange and gold stripe. A
Alex Bowman #88 NOCO/Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as Adam’s Polishes but with NOCO on hood. A
LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95
Christopher Bell #95 Rheem Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, red, white, and black with stripes. B+
GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96
Daniel Suarez #96 Commscope Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2020, black with yellow and blue. A
By David G. Firestone
Editor’s Note, due to the cancellation of the NASCAR season through May, I will do the Paint Scheme Tracker every week, and the Paint Scheme Grades every other week. This will last until the racing season resumes, or until I run out of new schemes. DGF
Quin Houff #00 UNITS Moving and Portable Storage Chevy Camaro-Love the color scheme, the design scheme is good, so I’ll give this an A.
Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza/Fields Ford Mustang-This scheme is way too over designed, and I can’t get behind it. The color scheme also clashes with the design scheme. This gets an F.
Tyler Reddick #8 Roland Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.
Aric Almirola #10 Eckrich Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
It’s amazing how many used firesuits are on the market in this day in age. Every one of them tells a story. Some are worn by professional racing champions. Some are worn by weekend warriors. Interestingly, some people who acquire these suits to sell don’t know the true back story behind the suit itself. This week, I will discuss a suit almost identical to last week’s, but with a different back story that is very believable.
While BMW is considered a luxury car brand, they are involved in Australian GT, DTM, IMSA, GT Racing, and FIA Formula E. They have a decent amount of success in the sport, and are a fixture at sports car races around the world. Since they are fielding their own teams, the need for drivers is there. So, like many teams, they field new talent from racing schools such as Skip Barber.
John “Skip” Barber III is a former F1 and SCCA driver.While we won 3 SCCA National Championships in a row, his F1 and IndyCar careers were not stellar. After his racing career ended, he taught four students to race in 1975. 45 years later, Skip Barber Racing Schools owns 130 cars and operates at over 30 tracks over North America. Given the need for racing talent, and the number of different series that BMW races for, it doesn’t seem too far fetched that BMW would work with Skip Barber. That partnership resulted in this single-layer OMP firesuit in decent condition.The collar has a Velcro strap, and an OMP patch on the strap.The cowl has a small flag tag marked 50 sewn into it.The right chest features a BMW logo sewn into it.The left chest is unadorned.The front torso features a black stripe over a red stripe.The suit has an unadorned white belt.The legs are unadorned, and have standard cuffs.The shoulders have black over red stripes. The sleeves have OMP patches sewn into the upper area, but are otherwise unadorned. The back is unadorned.The back of the neck has the warranty label sewn into it.The back torso is unadorned.Next week, I’ll discuss an autographed racing helmet.