Wheel Reviews-The Hot Rod Story-Drag Racing-1965

By David G. Firestone

Hot Rod magazine first hit the shelves in January of 1948. Robert E. Petersen of Petersen Publishing Company published it, and NHRA founder Wally Parks was their first editor. It features tech tips, stories and many well designed and built hot rods. The NHRA or National Hot Rod Association and Hot Rod Magazine have been great for the sport of drag racing.

The two had an official partnership in a series of races. The Hot Rod Magazine Championship Drag Races took place at Riverside, California between 1961 and 1969. All the professional categories, and many sportsman categories took part in the event. The 1965 Hot Rod Magazine Championship Drag Races featured the A/FX (Factory Experimental) category, which would evolve into what we call Funny Cars.

In 1965, a film, The Hot Rod Story-Drag Racing, was produced covering the 1965 event. It was produced by Robert E. Petersen, and narrated by Dick Enberg. Surprisingly, there isn’t much information about this movie. Enberg hosts the movie as a sports show.

The opening features a drag race, with what can be called typical California drag racing music over the credits. Dick introduces the show, and then cuts to a historical package about the history of drag racing. The background music in this scene is very ill-fitting, better suited for a last dance at prom scene. The package covers circle track, as well as salt flat racing. The cars all look amazing in this package.

The history of the NHRA is detailed, and the various classes are discussed. Again, for some reason, very ill-fitting music is used in the background. Elapsed time is explained, and more beautiful racing footage is shown.

The scene shifts back to the current events. Enberg interviews Wally Park about the current state of the sport. The original slingshot dragster, here referred to as a “rail job” is discussed in detail. The safety aspects are discussed. The engine is also discussed, in detail.

The scene shifts to the racing action. The scene starts with fans packing the stands, as the drivers prepare their cars for the race. The technical inspection is also shown. The rare duel engine dragster is shown, as well as teams preparing the parachute. The drivers meeting takes place, where the rules are explained.

After the meeting, Enberg discusses the Christmas Tree. Ray Brock explains the way the tree works. After that, the pre-race ceremonies take place, where all the cars are paraded for the fans. Several names of drivers are discussed, including Connie Kalitta, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, and Don “the Snake” Prudhomme. The registration and paperwork aspects of racing are discussed. The weight is measured, and the safety team inspects the cars. A beautiful scene of driver Les Allen painting the number on his car is shown. An even more amazing scene of Les Allen putting his fire protection on follows.

Les drives to the starting line, and completes a run. Enberg questions Allen, who is disappointed in the run. He ran 169 MPH but he wants a run of 185. He plans on running every weekend. Qualifying continues, with more and more drivers making runs. The stock category is discussed next . There are many shots of races, all of which have beautiful cars and awesome racing. Shirley Shahan, one of the few women in the event, is interviewed. A/FX Factory Experimental is also discussed.

Top gas, a category similar to Top Fuel is discussed. It should be noted that by 1971, Top Gas had been dropped as a category. Some of the waiting drivers including Don Prudhome, and Tom McEwen, and Ed “The Ace” McCullochare interviewed by Enberg.

The “rail job” races are up next. The racing action is great, but the music is ominous for some reason. After some more racing, Connie Kalitta is discussed. The Bounty Hunter is shown racing his Ford dragster. It’s mentioned that the engine has a shelf life of 12 races. At the time of production, the speed record in top fuel was 206 MPH. Kalitta discusses how a broken engine part messed up his run. He also discusses how the turn around worked in 1965.

Back to racing again, now the focus is on the parachutes. A scene where a driver gets loose is shown. The scene shifts to the pits as eliminations starts. The teams furiously work over their engines. One dragster is getting a new rear end from another dragster in order to race. For some reason, a scene featuring top gas is reused.

The official in the tower is shown. A race is shown from the perspective of the car, first from behind the front wheel, and second, facing the parachute. Another race is from the perspective of the driver. The point that anyone can win is proven when an underdog wins, trophies are presented, and the movie comes to an end.

I am giving this movie an A-. My one complaint is that at times, the music isn’t really suited to what’s being shown on screen. Aside from that, everything else about the movie is great. The narration, footage, and pacing all work well. The movie does a great job explaining the basics. Some parts haven’t aged well, but all in all, this is a great movie for drag racing fans.

Next week, a Jack Hill drama.

Wheel Reviews-The Devil on Wheels-1947

By David G. Firestone

Kids who street race has been a movie trope for years now. From American Graffiti to The Fast and The Furious, there are no shortage of movies featuring street racing. But when did this tread start? Well, it’s not as straight forward as it might seem. Some movies aren’t so much about telling a story, so much as they are about teaching morals. The subject of dangerous driving has spawned a number of movies. Sometimes, these movies were shown at schools as part of a class. Other times they were theatrically released.

That brings us to this week’s movie, The Devil on Wheels. The Devil on Wheels is a safety movie disguised as a drama. Produced by Benjamin Stoloff and directed by Crane Wilbur, the movie is less than subtle about the fact that hot rods and speeding are bad. Supposedly, it’s also the first movie to show women in bikini tops, but since two piece suits are hundreds of years old, I’m taking that fact with a grain of salt. What is the movie like?

Like any other ham-fisted old moral movie, it starts with vintage ominous music. Shots of cars filmed from an overpass play under the opening credits. The movie opens with Michael and Todd working on their hot rod, and discussing various adjustments, when they are joined by Rusty and Peggy.

Mickey’s father John gets a new Ford, and is driving it home, when he witnesses a horrific car accident that kills a little girl. The father was driving fast, missed a curve, which resulted in the death of the daughter. John wants to act as a witness, but is rebuffed. John makes it home, and the entire neighborhood comes over to see the new car. The hot rodders are impressed that the speedometer goes up to 120, and John lectures them on the dangers of speeding.

John takes the family on a drive, and promptly proves himself a hypocrite, dangerously passing multiple lines of cars, until he causes a fender bender. John freaks out on the other driver, until a cop shows up, and starts writing tickets to John. The scene shifts to court, where it’s revealed that the car John hit is the town judge, who tells him that his driving habits are awful. The judge, Judge Roger Tanner, lets John off with a lecture. On the way home, John nearly gets hit by a passing car. He again proves he’s a hypocrite, by complaining. The kids know the judge’s daughter from the country club.

The scene shifts to the country club pool, where Mickey starts hitting on Sue, the judge’s daughter. Using the accident as an excuse, they start a conversation which ends with Sue telling Jeff off. Rusty and Peggy are smitten with Jeff. Eventually, Jeff and Sue go out for a date. They seem to hit it off.

John takes his wife to the train station, and goes back to his old driving habits. They discuss Mickey’s new hot rod, which is seen driving, but has some issues under the hood. Rusty and Peggy mock Mickey for his slow driving habits, and not drag racing. The teasing works, and Mickey drives to the drag race. This includes a scene where a bunch of kids discuss their cars in hilarious scripted manners.

The first race is a free for all, to check out the new drivers. It eventually attracts the attention of the police, and all involve scatter. One driver gets caught, and the group has been arrested. Judge Tanner summons the kids, and makes it clear that hot rods are banned, and that anyone who violates this ruling, will have their parents summoned to courts. John makes Mickey gives up his hot rod.

Mickey and Todd speed and drive wrecklessly to catch his mom’s train. They run a railroad crossing, and they pull in to a mortuary, to lose the cops. The scene shifts to a beach at night, here the group is hanging out. Peggy is scared that she failed her finals, Rusty is smitten with Todd. As they listen to the radio, they hear a story about a hot rod that ran into the ocean. They speculate as to who the driver is, and decide to stop in the morgue.

Since the morgue is closed, they decide to break it, through a back door. Peggy is justifiably resistant to the whole situation. As they walk through the morgue, they feel the need to ring the doorbell, before entering a door, which leads to an office. They discuss the various items in the room, before focusing on a table with a cloth. The cloth starts to move, which is actually a cat. There is an eerie noise, which turns out to be dripping water.

Mickey eventually finds his way into a room with bodies in it. After some searching, he finds a body with a toe tag, revealing that the driver was Bob Cooper, who the group knows. As this is going on, a police officer arrives, and the group scatters, leaving Rusty behind. As the group discusses what to do, the cops arrive, a chase ensues, and the end result is a fatal accident.

Rusty is trapped in the morgue, and Mickey sneaks back into his house. Jeff and Sue arrive, and John meets with the two of them. Sue and John clear the air, and it’s revealed that the two are going to get engaged. The happy moment is interrupted by a phone call, which troubles John. The three of them leave. Mickey wanders around aimlessly, until a news report reveals that Todd has died in a crash that also killed Mickey’s mother.

Sue tries to console Mickey, but Mickey is convinced that his mother is still alive. Mickey calls his uncle, hoping that his mother is still there. As he talks, it becomes clear that his mother is, in fact, dead. Mickey is devastated. Mickey insists on going to the hospital, and meets with Jeff and John. Jeff tells a distraught Mickey to “be a man” and the three of them go into a room, where it’s revealed that his mother is alive, but just barely. Mickey reveals that he was the hit and run driver, and that Todd was the driver killed in the wreck. John disowns Mickey, but Jeff comes to his defense.

Mickey is arrested, and charged with suspicion of manslaughter. Jeff accompanies Mickey to the police station. The scene shifts to the police station, where Rusty is discussing the situation with her father and the prosecutor. He claims that she encouraged the behavior, and has responsibility.

At the trial, it’s revealed that Mickey’s mother will recover. In front of the judge, John claims that he is just as responsible for what happened. He proceeds to give a long-winded and melodramatic speech about the whole series of events. Mickey pleads guilty. The judge tells him not to tell his mother about the proceedings. At the hospital, Mickey tearfully tells his mother about the accident. At the end of the movie, John and his wife go to pick up Mickey. John almost goes back to his old ways, in the passenger seat, until he hears a police siren, and he realizes the truth. The movie fades to black.

I’m going to give the movie a B-. There really isn’t that much racing to speak of, and the racing shown uses sped up footage. The movie is more about driving safely. In this respect it does get the message across. The acting is good, and the set design is decent. Some of the writing could use work, though. The only race shown has a sequence where a series of rodders discussing their cars. It’s not very well scripted, and it comes across as awkward.

My one real complaint here, is that the movie is told from the perspective of the teenagers, and as a result, the laws and cops are considered the enemy. In this sense, the movie hurts itself. Other than that, there are no real antagonists in the movie, which does hurt it a little more. It’s not a terrible movie, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

Next week, another hot rod movie, The Hot Rod Story Drag Racing.

Wheel Reviews-Speed-1936

By David G. Firestone

First off, Happy New Year! 2020 is upon us, which means that for the month of January, I will spotlight some little-known racing movies. Before we get to this week’s review, I do have some housekeeping things I need to discuss.

I had to make some difficult decisions in December. I spent a decent amount of time burnt out from The Driver Suit Blog, YouTube, and issues from other aspects of my life. As such, I’ve decided not to do Throwback Thursdays for 2020. These were filler anyway, so it isn’t the end of the world.

The second decision is that 2020 will probably be the last year for The Driver Suit Blog in its current form. I’ve been operating at an unsustainable level for some time, and it’s finally caught up. I will not give up, but I will probably not run as many new Friday Features as I once did, or I might rerun stuff more. I haven’t made the final decisions yet. The Driver Suit Blog isn’t going away, but I have to change for the better. With that out of the way, on to the review!

Jimmy Stewart had an acting career that spanned from 1935 to 1991. He worked with many esteemed directors, like Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, Otto Preminger, and Cecil B. DeMille. Some of his most well-known movies include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Naked Spur, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, Vertigo, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. His likeable personality made him box office gold, and a box office god.

While most might not consider Jimmy Stewart the top choice to play a racing driver, in 1936, he starred in Speed, an MGM drama about an engineer working to make his invention a reality. Produced by Lucien Hubbard and directed by Edwin L. Marin, the movie is Stewart’s first starring role, and costars Ted Heally of Three Stooges fame. The movie was seen as “passable” by many critics, claiming that the storyline was weak.

Jimmy Stewart plays Terry Martin, an engineer at the Emery Motors in Detroit. The scene opens at a car factory which also houses a dirt track. The scene opens with Jane Mitchell watching a car get destroyed, as a part of testing. Terry is the driver, and although he crashes, he is unhurt. Clarence “Gadget” Haggerty played by Ted Healy is ensuring that Terry isn’t hurt. Jane and Terry talk for a while, and then Terry takes a tour of the factory. Jane and Terry hit it off.

Frank Lawson is an automotive engineer who is competing for Jane’s hand. As they are touring the factory, and takes her in to a restricted area, which houses testing equipment. It’s clear that Terry is her choice. Terry and Frank don’t really like each other.

The scene shifts from the factory to a random dirt road. As Frank and Jane are driving, Terry and Gadget drive by, the two testing out a new carburetor. While Jane, Frank and Jane talk, Gadget makes some adjustments to Frank’s car, which causes it to shut off, after he claims “…it’s nearly perfect as we can make it. Nothing can go wrong with it.” Gadget and Terry tease Frank, and Terry takes Jane back to the plant. En route to the plant, Terry asks Jane if she can go with him to a company party, though she declines. Frank asks her at the factory, but she initially declines his advances as well.

The scene shifts to the party, which is decorated with racing flags. Terry dances with Gadget’s date, and Frank shows up with Jane. The party progresses very slowly, as does most of the film. Terry gets drunk at the party, and then has an argument with Jane, and sends her away, not listening to her explanation. Executive Jo Sanderson confronts Terry, and they try to figure out why Jane knows as many high up as she does.

The company decides to fund the carburetor, with Frank added on the project. There is obvious tension between the two. Jane arrives and tells them that the carburetor will be placed in a car in Indianapolis, in a race car. Frank and Terry perfect the carburetor, and the team races at Indianapolis.

The scene shifts to Indianapolis, where the the team prepares for the race, and witness a crash. Jane is understandably nervous when the driver is pronounced dead. Terry gets into the car, and starts his run with Gadget, which proves a successful run, equaling the track record. Frank and Terry have a brief argument about Jane, which is broken up by Jo. The team drives back to the hotel.

At lunch, Jane and Terry meet up, and Jane explains that she is interested in him. Terry’s inferiority complex is becoming more of an issue. Frank and Jo show up, and Terry has to leave to get back to the track to continue his race work, with Frank following him. The team prepares for the race, with Terry insisting that there is something wrong with the carburetor, and Frank stating that everything is ok.

The scene shifts to the day of the race, which starts on time. The car proves itself fast, with the team watching excitedly. Terry avoids a spin, and the race continues. At lap 150, Terry makes his attempt for the lead, which he eventually gets. Terry gets into a crash, flipping over the wall. The team rushes over to the car, where Terry is hurt, but Gadget suffers serious injuries.

At the hospital, Gadget’s injuries are severe, Terry is healing. Jane walks into Terry’s room, and they discuss the events of the day. Terry blames Frank for the accident, claiming that Frank was muscling in on Terry’s carburetor design. Jane reveals that she was the one who demanded that Frank be added to the project. Terry is enraged, thinking that Jane has feelings for Frank, and sends her away.

As Terry is dealing with his injuries, Gadget is brought to see him. Though his injuries, Gadget thinks that the two are going to work on the carburetor, but Terry rebuffs him. Gadget hits on the idea for placing the carburetor in a car to attempt a land speed record(301.129 mph at the time of filming). Mr. Dean, the head of the factory, says that the carburetor isn’t being funded due to the board of directors. As Mr. Dean speaks with the owner, Jane walks in and talks with the owner, and somehow gets the decision reversed

Mr. Dean and Terry talk, and it’s revealed that the decision has been reversed. Terry isn’t willing to work with Frank. The car is readied for the test at Muroc Dry Lake in California. Jean comes in and talks with Terry about publicizing the test, and it seems as the tension between the two is gone. The new team prepared for the race, and they end up going to a barn dance. At the dance, all involved are having a great time. Frank eventually shows up. Terry is worried about the attempt the next day. Terry and Jane get into a fight, and she leaves in a huff.

The scene shifts to the test the next day. The Falcon, the custom designed car, is prepared for the test. Frank, Gadget, Jane and the rest wish him the best on his attempt. The attempt is broadcast on the radio. The Falcon outruns an airplane taking a picture of the attempt from above. As the test is going, a fuel pipe breaks, and causes a crash. Terry, having loosened his helmet, is injured in the wreck. Emergency teams arrive, and tend to him. Frank puts Terry into the car, and drives to seek help. They end up at Muroc hospital.

As Terry lies in the hospital, he wonders how he got there. It’s revealed that driving Terry in the Falcon set the record. Jane Mitchell is revealed to be Jane Emery, niece of the owner, and heir to the company. Gadget and Fanny Lane make up, and Terry and Jane finally fall in love.

In summary, I agree with the critics who say that the movie is passable. It’s nothing ground breaking, and there are a lot of cliches. I didn’t like this movie for the same reason I loved Greased Lightning. In Greased Lightning, there is a great ratio of racing plot and character plot. With Speed, it’s mostly character plot, with a little racing plot.

The characters aren’t great either. Jimmy Stewart is good in his role, but the rest of the characters aren’t good. The antagonist, Frank Lawson, isn’t really that unlikeable, and doesn’t fill the antagonist role well. Most of the other characters are bland. Only Terry has any real depth to him. Even characters who are supposed to be protagonists aren’t really likeable. The twist with Jane at the end is predictable. The whole movie is a bland racing movie. I’m giving this a C. It’s bland and mediocre.

Next week, a movie from 1947.

Nomex-The Core Of Driver Suits

By David G. Firestone

Editor’s note: I had a Wheel Reviews prepared for this week, but after Bill Simpson’s passing, I felt like I should repost this as a tribute.

I must have said the word Nomex a thousand times on this blog, but what exactly is Nomex? In short, it is a flame-resistant meta-aramid cloth material. It is an aramid material, which is the same thing as Kevlar, but it is not as strong as a bulletproof vest, but it has great thermal, as well as chemical resistance, which makes it great for racing firesuits.

The development of the Nomex firesuit has been a long road. This road has seen its share of driver deaths and injuries. Before the Coca Cola 600, I discussed the deaths of Fireball Roberts, Eddie Sachs, and Dave McDonald in fire-related crashes over the course of 6 days in 1964. What took place from there would cross the paths of racing and a young drag racer.

Bill Simpson was born in Hermosa Beach, California in 1940. He took up drag racing at a young age, and at age 18, broke both arms in a drag racing crash. As he recuperated, he thought of safety in racing for the first time. He developed the idea of an X shaped parachute, and using materials from his uncle’s army surplus shop, developed a functional drag racing parachute. Don Garlits noticed the new parachutes, and took an interest, which helped the Simpson Drag Chute company to form. As time went on, he started making other racing equipment, which caught the attention of drivers, and, oddly enough, NASA. During a project, he met Pete Conrad, who introduced the now 27 year old Simpson to Nomex in 1967.

Nomex was created in 1967, for NASA. Far from the uses it has today, its main use at the time was for the Apollo Command Module parachutes. NASA needed a material that could stand up to the heat of reentering the earth’s atmosphere, and still remain fully functional. Simpson saw what the material could do, and decided it would work well to make driver suits, and other uniform items.

Contrary to what most people think, Nomex is not fire PROOF, rather it is fire RETARDENT. It does burn, but burns at a much slower rate, and that protects the driver in the event of a fire. Bill Simpson decided to show how much better this material was by having a “burn off.” He put on one of his Simpson racing suits, doused himself in gasoline, and lit himself on fire. Though he was fully engulfed in flames, he was not hurt. Though he admits that is was a bad idea, it sold drivers on Nomex. Even today, 46 years later, Nomex is still the go-to material for driver suits.

Nomex is used for many other things. Nomex sheet is used in power cords for insulation. Fire-fighters use Nomex for protection in saving lives. Fighter pilots wear Nomex suits in case of cockpit fires. Nomex was developed for NASA and NASA still uses a lot of Nomex. It is used in what NASA refers to as the “Thermal Micrometeoroid Garment of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit”, or in regular English, the “outer layer of a spacesuit.” The spacesuits that space shuttle astronauts wore on liftoff and touchdown were primarily made of Nomex. Almost every project that NASA has done in the last 40 years involves Nomex in one form or another, so it is a very versatile material.

Interestingly, as safety concerns increased, and safety equipment changes for the better, you begin to see that Nomex is beginning to have competition in the driver suit market in terms of fire protection. While I’m typically a traditionalist when it comes to sports uniforms, for driver suits that is a great thing. Developing a new material that serves the same purpose as Nomex, but can do it better and longer is a great thing. Eventually, Nomex will go the way of typewriters, film cameras, the printing press, and the floppy disk as an invention that is obsolete but changed the world.

Next week, Wheel Reviews returns.

2019 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 4-The Grand Finale

By David G. Firestone

Thanksgiving has passed, holiday music and decorations are abound, and the 2019 Paint Scheme Leaderboard is here! Here’s how the process works. I will rank all of the Cup Series teams by their paint scheme GPA. I will rank them by manufacturer, then all of them in one final list. There is no committee this year, as Zoe chose to skip the proceedings. Here is the Chevy list:

1-JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 26th of 47

Number of Schemes: 2

GPA: 4.00

2-Tommy Baldwin Racing #71 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 1

GPA: 4.00

3–XCI Racing #81 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 1

GPA: 4.00

4-Hendrick Motorsports #24 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 15th of 47

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 3.87

5Motorsports Business Management #66 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 3rd of 47

Number of Schemes: 14

GPA: 3.82

6-Team Penske #12 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 4th of 47

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 3.78

7-Spire Motorsports #77 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 21

GPA: 3.70

8-Gaunt Brothers Racing #96 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 34th of 47

Number of Schemes: 3

GPA: 3.67

9-Team Penske #2 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 23rd of 47

Number of Schemes: 11

GPA: 3.63

10–Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 8th of 47

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 3.60

11-Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 4th of 47

Number of Schemes: 11

GPA: 3.52

12-Go FAS Racing #32 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 4th of 18

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 3.50

13-Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 16th of 47

Number of Schemes: 15

GPA: 3.49

14-Premium Motorsports #15 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 22nd of 47

Number of Schemes: 17

GPA: 3.43

15-Stewart-Hass Racing #41 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 3rd of 47

Number of Schemes: 16

GPA: 3.42

16-Richard Petty Motorsports #43 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 11th of 47

Number of Schemes: 14

GPA: 3.41

17-Premium Motorsports #27 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 8

GPA: 3.39

18-Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 7th of 47

Number of Schemes: 15

GPA: 3.36

19–Motorsports Business Management #46 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 2

GPA: 3.35

20-Richard Childress Racing #8 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 44th of 47

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 3.34

21-Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:17th of 47

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 3.33

22-Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 37th of 47

Number of Schemes: 6

GPA: 3.28

23-Hendrick Motorsports #9 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 30th of 47

Number of Schemes:16

GPA:3.18

24-Hendrick Motorsports #88 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 32nd of 47

Number of Schemes: 15

GPA: 3.18

25-Stewart-Haas Racing #10 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 24th of 47

Number of Schemes: 13

GPA: 3.18

26-Front Row Racing #34 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 1st of 47

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 3.12

27-StarCom Racing #00 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 42nd of 47

Number of Schemes: 31

GPA: 3.10

28-Chip Ganassi Racing #42 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 40th of 47

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 3.10

29-Rick Ware Racing #53 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 3.10

30-Richard Childress Racing #3 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 19th of 47

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 3.09

31-Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 11th of 47

Number of Schemes: 6

GPA: 3.03

32-Hendrick Motorsports #48 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 9th of 47

Number of Schemes: 4

GPA: 3.00

33-Leavine Family Racing #95 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 39th of 47

Number of Schemes: 14

GPA: 3.00

34-Front Row Racing #36 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 16

GPA: 2.85

35-Chip Ganassi Racing #1 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 10th of 47

Number of Schemes: 9

GPA: 2.82

36-Rick Ware Racing #52 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 2nd of 47

Number of Schemes: 25

GPA: 2.75

37-Chip Ganassi Racing #40 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 3

GPA: 2.67

38-Roush-Fenway Racing #6 Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Rank Last Year: 12th of 18

Number of Schemes: 20

GPA: 2.66

39-Rick Ware Racing #51 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 9th of 47

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 2.59

40-Richard Childress Racing #31 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 31st of 47

Number of Schemes: 2

GPA: 2.50

41-JTG Daugherty Racing #37 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 31st of 47

Number of Schemes: 23

GPA: 2.46

42-Germain Racing #13 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 24th of

Number of Schemes: 6

GPA: 2.45

43-Rick Ware Racing #54 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 5

GPA: 2.50

44-Team Penske #22 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 18th of 47

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 2.16

45–Front Row Racing #38 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 14th of 47

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 2.08

46-Beard Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 1st of 47

Number of Schemes: 2

GPA: 2.00

47–Roush-Fenway Racing #17 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 33rd of 47

Number of Schemes: 13

GPA: 1.95

Well, that was the 2019 year for The Driver Suit Blog. I’ve had fun, and I hope to see you again soon. Next week, Wheel Reviews returns for 2020!

2019 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 3-Toyota

By David G. Firestone

The 2019 Paint Scheme Leaderboard rolls on, this week, it’s the Toyota teams time to shine!

1-XCI Racing #81 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 1

GPA: 4.00

2-Motorsports Business Management #66 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 3rd of 9

Number of Schemes: 14

GPA: 3.82

3-Gaunt Brothers Racing #96 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 6th of 9

Number of Schemes: 3

GPA: 3.67

4-Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 4th of 9

Number of Schemes: 11

GPA: 3.52

5-Motorsports Business Management #46 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 2

GPA: 3.35

6-Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 2nd of 9

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 3.33

7-Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 7th of 9

Number of Schemes: 6

GPA: 3.28

8-Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 8th of 9

Number of Schemes: 6

GPA: 3.03

9-Leavine Family Racing #95 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 14

GPA: 3.00

Next week, the Grand Finale!

2019 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 2-Ford

By David G. Firestone

This week, the Paint Scheme Leaderboard shifts focus to the blue oval. Ford’s rankings are up for this week.

1-Team Penske #12 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 4th of 18

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 3.78

2-Team Penske #2 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 12th of 18

Number of Schemes: 11

GPA: 3.63

3-Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 7th of 18

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 3.60

4-Go FAS Racing #32 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 4th of 18

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 3.50

5-Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 10th of 18

Number of Schemes: 15

GPA: 3.49

6-Stewart-Hass Racing #41 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 2nd of 18

Number of Schemes: 16

GPA: 3.42

7-Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 6th of 18

Number of Schemes: 15

GPA: 3.36

8-Stewart-Haas Racing #10 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 13th of 18

Number of Schemes: 13

GPA: 3.18

9-Front Row Racing #34 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 1st of 18

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 3.12

10–Rick Ware Racing #53 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 3.10

11-Front Row Racing #36 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 16

GPA: 2.85

12-Rick Ware Racing #52 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 5th of 18

Number of Schemes: 25

GPA: 2.75

13-Roush-Fenway Racing #6 Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Rank Last Year: 8th of 18

Number of Schemes: 20

GPA: 2.66

14-Rick Ware Racing #51 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 14th of 18

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 2.59

15-Rick Ware Racing #54 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 5

GPA: 2.50

16-Team Penske #22 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 18th of 18

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 2.16

17-Front Row Racing #38 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 9th of 18

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 2.08

18-Roush-Fenway Racing #17 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 13th of 18

Number of Schemes: 13

GPA: 1.95

Next week, the Toyota Leaderboard

2019 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 1-Chevy

By David G. Firestone

Thanksgiving has passed, holiday music and decorations are abound, and the 2019 Paint Scheme Leaderboard is here! Here’s how the process works. I will rank all of the Cup Series teams by their paint scheme GPA. I will rank them by manufacturer, then all of them in one final list. There is no committee this year, as Zoe chose to skip the proceedings. Here is the Chevy list:

1-JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 26th of 26

Number of Schemes: 2

GPA: 4.00

2-Tommy Baldwin Racing #71 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 1

GPA: 4.00

3-Hendrick Motorsports #24 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 7th

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 3.87

4-Spire Motorsports #77 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes: 21

GPA: 3.70

5-Premium Motorsports #15 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 10th

Number of Schemes: 17

GPA: 3.43

6-Richard Petty Motorsports #43 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 11th

Number of Schemes: 14

GPA: 3.41

7-Premium Motorsports #27 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 8

GPA: 3.39

8-Richard Childress Racing #8 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 25th of 26

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 3.34

9-Hendrick Motorsports #9 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 15th of 26

Number of Schemes:16

GPA:3.18

10-Hendrick Motorsports #88 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 17th of 26

Number of Schemes: 15

GPA: 3.18

11-StarCom Racing #00 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 23rd of 26

Number of Schemes: 31

GPA: 3.10

12-Chip Ganassi Racing #42 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 22nd of 26

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 3.10

13-Rick Ware Racing #53 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 3.10

14-Richard Childress Racing #3 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 9th of 26

Number of Schemes: 18

GPA: 3.09

15-Hendrick Motorsports #48 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 3rd of 26

Number of Schemes: 4

GPA: 3.00

16-Chip Ganassi Racing #1 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 4th of 26

Number of Schemes: 9

GPA: 2.82

17-Rick Ware Racing #52 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 2nd of 26

Number of Schemes: 25

GPA: 2.75

18-Chip Ganassi Racing #40 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 3

GPA: 2.67

19-Rick Ware Racing #51 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 9th of 26

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 2.59

20-Richard Childress Racing #31 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 16th of 26

Number of Schemes: 2

GPA: 2.50

21-JTG Daugherty Racing #37 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 11th of 26

Number of Schemes: 23

GPA: 2.46

22-Germain Racing #13 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 24th of 26

Number of Schemes: 6

GPA: 2.45

23-Rick Ware Racing #54 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 5

GPA: 2.50

24-Beard Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 1st of 26

Number of Schemes: 2

GPA: 2.00

Next week, the Ford Leaderboard.

Ladies and Gentlemen…THE 2019 PAINT SCHEMIES!

By David G. Firestone

Well, it’s that time again! We have the annual Paint Schemie Awards for the 2019 season. As per the usual, every year, I pick the best and worst paint schemes and award them the Paint Schemie. This was done using the Driver Suit Blog executive committee for paint scheme analysis and consists of me and Driver Suit Blog assistant, my cat Zoe, who replaced the late Alejandro, and uses the following standards:

*Color Scheme:How the colors look, and how they work with each other.

*Overall Design:How good the design itself looks, is there too much, or not enough.

*Primary Sponsor Logos: How the primary sponsor logos look on the car

*Originality: How original is the scheme.

All of the above can work for or against a scheme, and all will be taken into consideration.

Let’s get the bad Paint Scheme Awards out of the way…First, the Paint Schemie Award for Worst Regular Season Single Paint Scheme.

The nominees are:

Landon Cassill #00 International Marine Chevy Camaro

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dewnited States Chevy Camaro

Ryan Blaney #12 Dent Wizard Ford Mustang

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

Corey LaJoie #32 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford Mustang

David Ragan #38 Exploria Resorts Ford Mustang

Joey Gase #66 Fan Memories at Richmond Raceway Toyota Camry

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Procore Safety Qualified Toyota Camry

The 2019 Paint Schemie Award for Worst Regular Season Single Paint Scheme goes to:

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

The next Paint Schemie Award is for Exhibition or Throwback Paint Schemes. This category is a little different, as the Schemie will go to the best and worst throwback. For this category, all exhibition race and throwback paint schemes qualify automatically.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Millennial Ford Mustang

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy Camaro

The 2019 Paint Schemie Award for Worst Exhibition or Throwback Paint Schemes goes to…

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy Camaro

The next award of 2019 is the Paint Schemie for Worst Paint Scheme Set of 2019. This is based on the total GPA of the individual grades for paint schemes. The nominees are:

Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Toyota Camry

Germain Racing #13 Chevy Camaro

Roush-Fenway Racing #17 Ford Mustang

Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Camry

Team Penske #22 Ford Mustang

Rick Ware Racing #54 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Beard Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

Leavine Family Racing #95 Toyota Camry

The 2019 Paint Schemie Award for for Worst Paint Scheme Set goes to…

Roush-Fenway Racing #17 Ford Mustang

Now after talking about the bad, we discuss the good. Here are the winners in the best category…

First, the Paint Schemie Award for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme.

The nominees for the 2019 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme are:

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy Camaro

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford Mustang

Austin Dillon #3 Chevy Accessories Chevy Camaro

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford Mustang

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota Camry

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance 500th Start Toyota Camry

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman Toyota Camry

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Ford Mustang

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy Camaro

The 2019 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme goes to…

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy Camaro

The next category is Paint Schemie Award is for Best Exhibition or Throwback Paint Schemes, and it should come as no surprise that the competition was strong this year.

The 2019 Paint Schemie Award for Best Exhibition or Throwback Paint Scheme goes to…

Austin Dillon #3 DOW Salutes Veterans Chevy Camaro

The final award of 2018 is the Paint Schemie for Best Paint Scheme Set of 2019. Like the Worst Set, this is based on the total GPA of the individual grades for paint schemes. The nominees are:

Team Penske #2 Ford Mustang

Team Penske #12 Ford Mustang

Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford Mustang

Hendrick Motorsports #24 Chevy Camaro

JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Chevy Camaro

Motorsport Business Management #66 Toyota Camry

Tommy Baldwin Racing #71 Chevy Camaro

XCI Racing #81 Toyota Camry

Gaunt Brothers Racing #96 Toyota Camry

The 2019 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Paint Scheme Set goes to…

JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Chevy Camaro

That’s it for the Schemies, next week, the Paint Scheme Leaderboard begins with Chevy!

Which Driver Wears What Suit 2019 Edition

By David G. Firestone

I did something like this a few years ago, and I felt I should bring it back for 2019. I’ve compiled a list of the firesuit manufacturers that the drivers of the Cup Series, IndyCar, F1, and the professional categories of the NHRA. I will link a picture of the driver suits in question. If I list a driver as “Unknown,” It means I wasn’t able to find a picture of the suit in question. Without further ado, the list:

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

Landon Cassill #00-Impact!

Kurt Busch #1-Alpinestars

Brad Keselowski #2-Puma

Austin Dillon #3-Sparco

Kevin Harvick #4-Simpson

Ryan Newman #6-Sparco

Daniel Hemric #8-Sparco

Chase Elliott #9-Alpinestars

Aric Almirola #10-Alpinestars

Denny Hamlin #11-Jordan Branded Simpson Made

Ryan Blaney #12-Puma

Ty Dillon #13-Sparco

Clint Bowyer #14-Sparco

Ross Chastain #15-Simpson

Joe Nemechek #15/27Simpson

Garrett Smithley #15/52/54/77-G-Force

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17-OMP

Kyle Busch #18-Adidas

Martin Truex Jr. #19-Impact!

Eric Jones #20-Simpson

Paul Menard #21-Puma

Joey Logano #22-Puma

William Byron #24-Alpinestars

Casey Mears #27-Sparco

Ryan Sieg #27-Impact!

Quin Houff #27/77-G-Force

Reed Sorenson #27/77-Simpson

Tyler Reddick #31-Sparco

Corey Lajoie #32-Adidas

Michael McDowell #34-Sparco

Matt Tift #36-Impact!

John Hunter Nemechek #36-Sparco

Chris Buescher #37-Sparco

David Ragan #38-Impact!

Jamie McMurray #40-Sparco

Daniel Suárez #41-Alpinestars

Kyle Larson #42-Sparco

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43-Sparco

Ryan Preece #47-Sparco

Jimmie Johnson #48-Alpinestars

Gray Gaulding#51-Adidas

D.J Kennington #51-K1

Andy Seuss #51-Leaf

Bayley Currey #51/52- Simpson/Impact!

BJ McLeod #51/#52-Simpson

Austin Theriault #51/52-K1

Cody Ware #51/#52-Simpson

Kyle Weatherman #51/52-Simpson

Josh Bilicki #51/52/53-Tri Star

J.J. Yeley #51/52/53/54-Simpson

Jeb Burton #52-Simpson

Stanton Barrett #52-TriStar

Spencer Boyd #53-Simpson

Brendan Gaughan #62-Sparco

Joey Gase #46/66-Simpson

Timmy Hill #66 Sparco

Ryan Truex #71-Alpinestars

Justin Haley#77-Sparco

Jeffrey Earnhardt #81-Simpson

Alex Bowman #88-Alpinestars

Matt DiBenedetto #95-Simpson

Drew Herring #96-Simpson

Parker Kligerman #96-K1

FORMULA 1

Daniel Ricciardo #3-Alpinestars

Lando Norris #4-Sparco

Sebastian Vettel #5-Puma

Kimi Räikkönen #7-Sparco

Romain Grosjean #8-Alpinestars

Pierre Gasly #10-Puma

Sergio Perez #11-Alpinestars

Charles Leclerc #16-Puma

Lance Stroll #18-Alpinestars

Kevin Magnussen #20-Alpinestars

Alexander Albon #23-Alpinestars

Daniil Kvyat #26-Alpinestars

Nico Hulkenberg #27-Alpinestars

Max Verstappen #33-Puma

Lewis Hamilton #44-Puma

Carlos Sainz #55-Sparco

George Russell #63-Alpinestars

Valtteri Bottas #77-Puma

Robert Kubica #88-Alpinestars

Antonio Giovinazzi #99-Sparco

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Josef Newgarden #2-Puma

Helio Castroneves #3-Puma

Matheus Leist #4-Sparco

James Hinchcliffe #5-Sparco

Marcus Ericsson #7-Sparco

Scott Dixon #9-Sparco

Felix Rosenqvist #10-Sparco

Will Power #12-Puma

Tony Kanaan #14-Sparco

Graham Rahal #15-Sparco

Sebastien Bourdais #18-Sparco

Santino Ferrucci #19-Impact!

Ed Carpenter #20-Sparco

Ed Jones #20/63-Sparco

Spencer Pigot #21-Sparco

Simon Pagenaud #22-Puma

Charlie Kimball #23-Impact!

Sage Karam #24-Impact!

Conor Daly #25/59-OMP/Simpson

Zach Veach #26-OMP

Alexander Rossi #27-OMP

Ryan Hunter-Reay #28-OMP

Takuma Sato #30-Sparco

R.C. Enerson #31-Sparco

Patricio O’Ward #31-Sparco

Kyle Kaiser #32-Sparco

James Davison #33-Sparco

Pippa Mann #39-Hinchman HP2

Jordan King #42-Sparco

J.R. Hildebrand #48-Sparco

Max Chilton #59-Sparco

Jack Harvey #60-Sparco

Frenando Alonso #66-Sparco

Oriol Servia #77-Stand 21

Ben Hanley #81-Adidas

Colton Herta #88-Sparco

Marco Andretti #98-OMP

NHRA MELLO YELLOW DRAG RACING SERIES TOP FUEL

Justin Ashley-Impact!

Antron Brown-Impact!

Troy Buff-Impact!

Lee CallawayImpact!

Greg Carrillo-Simpson

Steven Chrisman-DJ

Richie Crampton-Stand 21

Pat Dakin-Simpson

Steve Faria-Simpson

Cameron Ferre-Stand 21

Brittany Force-Simpson

Terry Haddock-DJ

Lex Joon-Simpson

Doug Kalitta-Stand 21

Chris Karamesines-Impact!

Kebin Kinsley-Simpson

Dom Lagana-Impact!

Bill Litton-Stand 21

Jim Maroney-Taylor

Dan Mercier-Simpson

Mike McIntire JrTaylor

Terry McMillen-Stand 21

Clay Millican-Stand 21

Wayne Newby-Simpson

Luigi Novelli-Taylor

Scott Palmer-RJ’s

Rob Passey-Unknown

Todd Paton-Taylor

Leah Pritchett-Impact!

Austin Prock-Simpson

Shawn Reed-Stand 21

Mike Salinas-Stand 21

Ron Smith-Unknown

Smax Smith-DJ

Billy Torrence-Stand 21

Steve Torrence-Stand 21

Terry Totten-Taylor

Jordan Vandergriff-Stand 21

Audrey Worm-Stroud

Kyle Wurtzel-Simpson

TJ Zizzo-Simpson

NHRA MELLO YELLOW DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR

Blake Alexander-Stand 21

Jeff Arend-Stand 21

Jack Beckman-Impact!

Bob Bode-Taylor

Phil Burkart Jr.-Impact!

Jim Campbell-DJ

Ron Capps-Impact!

Dale Creasy Jr.-DJ

Gary Densham-Simpson

Steven Densham-DJ

Jeff Diehl-Simpson

John Force-Simpson

Bob Gilbertson-Unknown

Steve Graham-Sparco

Terry Haddck-DJ

Matt Hagan-Impact!

Robert Hight-Simpson

Tommy Johnson Jr-Impact!

Shawn Langdon-Stand 21

Paul Lee-Simpson

Jonnie Lindberg-Stand 21

Ray Martin-Unknown

Mike McIntire Jr-Taylor

Cruz Pedregon-Stand 21

Frank Pedregon-Simpson

Dave Richards-Simpson

Justin Schriefer-Unknown

John Smith-Simpson

Mike Smith-Simpson

Bob Tasca III-Stand 21

J.R. Todd-Stand 21

Tim Wilkerson-Simpson

Jack Wyatt-Unknown

NHRA MELLO YELLOW DRAG RACING SERIES PRO STOCK

Greg Anderson-Simpson

Bob Benza-Unknown

Rodger Brogdon-Sparco

Bo Butner-Simpson

Jeg Coughlin Jr-Sparco

Cristian Cuadra-Unknown

Fernando Cuadra-Impact!

Kenny Delco-Sparco

Erica Enders-Sparco

Richard Freeman-Unknown

Steve Graham-Sparco

Joey Grose-DJ

Matt Hartford-Impact!

Mark Hogan-Unknown

Jeff Isbell-DJ

Deric Kramer-Sparco

Alex Laughlin-Sparco

Jason Line-Stand 21

Jeremy Martorella-G-Force

Chris McGaha-Sparco

Dave Miller-Unknown

Alan Prusiensky-Simpson/PROFOX

Robert River-Unknown

Val Smeland-Sparco

Richie Stevens-Sparco

Wally Stroupe-Unknown

Shane Tucker-Simpson

Here is the Suit Manufacturer Percentage Breakdown:

Sparco-54-24.6%

Simpson-43-19.6%

Impact!-23-10.5%

Stand 21-20-9.1%

Alpinestars-18-8.2%

Puma-14-6.3%

Suits of Unknown Make-13-5.9%

DJ-9-4.1%

Taylor-7-3.1%

OMP-6-2.7%

Adidas-4-1.8%

G-Force-3-1.3%

K1-3-1.3%

RJ’s-1-0.4%

Stroud-1-0.4%

Total: 219

Next week, the 2019 Paint Schemie Awards!