Ladies and Gentlemen…THE 2020 PAINT SCHEMIES!

By David G. Firestone

Well, it’s that time again! We have the annual Paint Schemie Awards for the 2020 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, 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:

Quin Houff #00 Ashurst American Honey Chevy Camaro

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Hump Day Chevy Camaro

Chris Buescher #17 SunnyD Ford Mustang

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

Michael McDowell #34 CarParts.com Patriotic Ford Mustang

Ryan Preece #37 Tide Pods Chevy Camaro

Joey Gase #53 Sparks Ford Mustang

Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Toyota Camry

Daniel Suarez #96 Toyota Toyota Camry

The 2020 Paint Schemie Award for Worst Regular Season Single Paint Scheme goes to:

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry Mustang

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.

The 2020 Paint Schemie Award for Worst Exhibition or Throwback Paint Scheme goes to…

JJ Yeley #27 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy Camaro

The next award of 2020 is the Paint Schemie for Worst Paint Scheme Set of 2020. This is based on the total GPA of the individual grades for paint schemes. The nominees are:

Richard Childress Racing #8 Chevy Camaro

Germain Racing #13 Chevy Camaro

Front Row Racing #34 Ford Mustang

Stewart-Hass Racing #41 Ford Mustang

Motorsports Business Management #66 Toyota Camry

Leavine Family Racing #95 Toyota Camry

The 2020 Paint Schemie Award for for Worst Paint Scheme Set goes to…

Stewart-Hass Racing #41 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 2020 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme are:

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford Mustang

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy Camaro

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford Mustang

Denny Hamlin #11 National Civil Rights Museum Toyota Camry

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota Camry

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

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford Mustang

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy Camaro

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Chevy Camaro

The 2020 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme goes to…

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road 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 2020 Paint Schemie Award for Best Exhibition or Throwback Paint Scheme goes to…

Ross Chastain #77 Dirty Mo Media Throwback Chevy Camaro

The final award of 2020 is the Paint Schemie for Best Paint Scheme Set of 2020. Like the Worst Set, this is based on the total GPA of the individual grades for paint schemes. The nominees are:

Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Toyota Camry

Kaulig Racing #16 Chevy Camaro

Motorsports Business Management #49 Toyota Camry

Rick Ware Racing #52 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rick Ware Racing #54 Ford Mustang

Beard Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

The 2020 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Paint Scheme Set goes to…

Beard Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

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

Which Driver Wore What Suit In 2020?

By David G. Firestone

For the most part, the 2020 racing season is behind us, and, as tradition, I start The Driver Suit Blog silly season with who wore what suit. The driver is named, with the suit they wore in 2020. If no conclusive photographic evidence of what suit the driver wore is found, there is a ? placed. Without further ado, let’s get started.

NASCAR CUP SERIES

Quin Houff #00-Tri Star

Kurt Busch #1-Alpinestars

Brad Keselowski #2-Puma

Austin Dillon #3-Sparco

Kaz Grala #3-?

Kevin Harvick #4-Alpinestars

Ryan Newman #6-Sparco

Ross Chastain #6/15/77-Sparco

J.J. Yeley #7/27/52/53/54/77-K1

Garrett Smithley #7/51/53/77/78-G Force

Joey Gase #7/51/53-HRX

Josh Bilicki #7/53/77-Tristar

Tyler Reddick #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

Brennan Poole #15-Sparco

Justin Haley #16-Sparco

Chris Buescher #17-Sparco

Kyle Busch #18-Adidas

Martin Truex, Jr. #19-Impact!

Erik Jones #20-Simpson

Matt DiBenedetto #21-Puma

Joey Logano #22-Puma

William Byron #24-Alpinestars

Gray Gaulding #27-?

Reed Sorenson #27/74/77-Simpson

Corey LaJoie #32-Simpson

Michael McDowell #34-Sparco

David Ragan #36-Simpson

Ryan Preece #37-Sparco

John Hunter Nemechek #38-Sparco

Cole Custer #41-Simpson

Matt Kenseth #42-Sparco

Kyle Larson #42-Sparco

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43-Sparco

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #47-Sparco

Jimmie Johnson #48-Alpinestars

Justin Allgaier #48-?

Chad Finchum #49-Simpson

James Davison #51/53/77-HRX

Austin Theriault #52-?

B.J. McLeod #52/78-Simpson

David Starr #53-Simpson

Brendan Gaughan #62-Sparco

Timmy Hill #66-Simpson

Stanton Barrett #77-?

Justin Haley #77-Sparco

Alex Bowman #88-Alpinestars

Christopher Bell #95-Alpinestars

Daniel Suarez #96-Alpinestars

NTT INDYCAR RACING SERIES

Josef Newgarden #1-Puma

Helio Castroneves #3-Sparco

Charlie Kimball #4-Sparco

Patrico O’Ward #5-Sparco

Oliver Askew #7-Sparco

Marcus Ericsson #8-Sparco

Scott Dixon #9-Sparco

Felix Rosenqvist #10-Sparco

Will Power #12-Puma

Sebastien Bourdais #14-Sparco

Tony Kanaan #14-Sparco

Dalton Kellett #14/41-Sparco

Graham Rahal #15-Sparco

Santino Ferrucci #18-Impact

Ed Carpenter #20-Sparco

Connor Daly #20-Sparco

Rinus Veekay #21-Sparco

Simon Pagenaud #22-Puma

Sage Karem #24-Impact

Zach Veach #26-OMP

Alexander Rossi #27-OMP

Ryan Hunter-Reay #28-OMP

James Hinchcliffe #26/29-Sparco

Takuma Sato #30-Sparco

Felipe Nasr #31-OMP

Spencer Pigot #45-Sparco

James Davison #51-HRX

Alex Palou #55-Sparco

Max Chilton #59-Sparco

Jack Harvey #60-Sparco

Fernando Alonso #66-Sparco

JR Hildebrand #67-Sparco

Ben Hanley- #81-Adidas

Colon Herta #88-Sparco

Marco Andretti #98-OMP

FORMULA 1

Daniel Ricciardo #3-Alpinestars

Lando Norris #4-Sparco

Sebastian Vettel #5-Puma

Nicholas Latifi #6-Alpinestars

Kimi Räikkönen #7-Sparco

Romain Grosjean #8-Alpinestars

Pierre Gasly #10-Alpinestars

Sergio Perez #11-Alpinestars

Charles Leclerc #16-Puma

Lance Stroll #18-Alpinestars

Kevin Magnussen #20-Alpinestars

Alexander Albon #23-Puma

Daniil Kvyat #26-Alpinestars

Esteban Ocon #31-Alpinestars

Max Verstappen #33-Puma

Lewis Hamilton #44-Puma

Carlos Sainz #55-Sparco

George Russell #63-Alpinestars

Valtteri Bottas #77-Puma

Antonio Giovinazzi #99-Sparco

NHRA MELLO YELLO TOP FUEL

Arthur Allen-Taylor

Justin Ashley-Impact!

Antron Brown-Impact!

Lee Callaway-Impact!

Pat Dakin-?

Kim Davidson-Simpson

Cameron Ferre-Stand 21

Doug Foley-Sparco

Brittany Force-Simpson

Joey Haas-DJ

Lex Joon-Simpson

Doug Kalitta-Stand 21

Chris Karamesines-Simpson

Kebin Kinsley-Taylor

Shawn Langdon-Simpson

Cory McClenathan-Impact!

James Maroney-Taylor

Terry McMillen-Stand 21

Clay Millican-Alliance

Joe Morrison-DJ

Luigi Novelli-?

Scott Palmer-RJ

Todd Paton-?

Austin Prock-Simpson

Leah Pruett-Impact!

Shawn Reed-Stand 21

Tony Schumacher-Impact!

Billy Torrence-Impact!

Steve Torrence-Impact!

Terry Totten-Taylor

Brandon Welch-Impact!

Kyle Wurtzel-?

T.J. Zizzo-Simpson

NHRA MELLO YELLO FUNNY CAR

Blake Alexander-Stand 21

Jack Beckman-Impact!

Bob Bode-?

Jim Campbell-DJ

Ron Capps-Impact

Dale Creasy-?

Alexis DeJoria-Simpson

Gary Densham-DJ

Steven Densham-DJ

Jeff Diehl-Simpson

John Force-Simpson

Chad Green-?

Matt Hagan-Impact!

Terry Haddock-?

Robert Hight-Simpson

Tommy Johnson Jr.-Impact

Paul Lee-Simpson

Jonnie Lindberg-Stand 21

Mike McIntire-Taylor

Alex Miladinovich-Taylor

Chris Morel-?

Cruz Pedregon-Simpson

Dave Richards-Simpson

Justin Schriefer-?

Bob Tasca III-Stand 21

JR Todd-Simpson

Dan Wilkerson-?

Tim Wilkerson-Simpson

Jack Wyatt-?

NHRA MELLO YELLO PRO STOCK

Greg Anderson-Simpson

Bob Benza-?

Bo Butner-Simpson

Jeg Coughlin Jr.-Sparco

Troy Coughlin Jr-Sparco

Cristian Cuadra-Simpson

Fernando Cuadra-Impact!

Fernando Cuadra Jr-Impact!

Kenny Delco-Sparco

Erica Enders-Sparco

John Gaydosh -?

Joey Grose-DJ

Steve Graham-Sparco

Matt Hartford-Impact!

Tom Huggins-?

Kyle Koretsky-Impact!

Deric Kramer-Sparco

Alex Laughlin-Sparco

Jason Line-Impact!

Bruno Massel-Simpson

Chris McGaha-Impact!

Mason McGaha-Impact!

Alan Prusiensky-Simpson

Robert River-?

Marty Robertson-Simpson

Val Smeland-Sparco

Aaron Stanfield-?

Richie Stevens-?

Baron Stroupe-?

Suit totals:

Sparco-54-26.6%
Simpson-32-15.7%
Undetermined-27-13.3%
Impact-23-11.3%
Alpinestars-19-9.3%
Puma-13-6.4%
Stand 21-7-3.4%
DJ-6-2.9%
Taylor-6-2.9%
OMP-5-2.4%
HRX-3-1.4%
Adidas-2-0.9%
Tri Star-2-0.9%
Alliance-1-0.4%
G Force-1-0.4%
Jordan Branded/Simpson Made-1-0.4%
K1-1-0.4%
RJ-1-0.4%
Suit total:203

Next week, The 2020 Paint Schemie Awards!

Collecting Race Car Waste?

By David G. Firestone

In racing, like any other sporting event, when the fans and athletes leave, there is a lot of waste left. However, unlike most other sports, the debris left has some collector value. There are a number of things, car part, sheet metal, and even rubber that collectors want.

While every other part is custom made, and proprietary, lug nuts are pretty standard, and discarded after the race by teams. Collectors love these. These examples came after a Pocono race weekend from 2013. These all show varying amounts of wear.

When it comes to debris, examples of items include chassis pieces, tape, and claig, or rubber from tires. All are exampled here.

That was a short one, so now we move on to…

TAILGATING TIME!

Fall and winter are upon us, so for a great seasonal recipe, I present:

Frosted Pumpkin Bars

8 Servings

Ingredients:

Bars:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1 cup salad oil

4 beaten eggs

1 cup cooked pumpkin

Frosting:

1 8 ounce package of cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

1 teaspoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1 pound box powdered sugar

Instructions:

1-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2-Combine flour, spices, and salt.

3-In separate bowl, mix sugar, oil, eggs and pumpkin.

4-Pour into well greased 9×3″ baking pan.

5-Bake for 20 minutes.

6-In separate bowl, combine frosting ingredients, and mix until smooth.

7-Cut into bars, and top with frosting.

Next week, we see who wore what brand of firesuit in 2020.

Another Example of a Balaclava

By David G. Firestone

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Mark Smith got his start in Formula Super Vee. He raced for Dave White Motorsports, finishing 6th in the championship in 1988, winning at the Meadowlands, and second at Road America. In 1989, racing for Ralt of America, he won at Indianpolis Raceway Park, Milwaukee, Des Moines, and Mid Ohio. He transitioned to Indy Lights in 1990, and eventually won three races, two in 1991, one at Cleveland, and one at Laguna Seca. In 1992, he won a race at Vancouver.

Smith transitioned into CART in 1993, racing for Arciero. He raced for Arciero until the end of the 1993 season, when he left for Walker Racing. In 1994, Smith and Walker Racing had a rather unremarkable season, and Smith left racing. During the 1993 season, Smith wore the Nomex Balaclava, which he also autographed. This Simpson balaclava shows decent use. Supposedly, this was used at New Hampshire in 1993, but there is no evidence that Smith ran there in 1993.

The left side features a vintage Simpson Warranty label. There is no SFI certification present.

The hem of the balaclava has been cut. The end has not been sewn.

The front of the balaclava has some light staining near the nose and mouth area.

Mark Smith has signed the right side of the balaclava in black Sharpie.

The back of the balaclava doesn’t show any wear.

Ok, that was a short one, so I’ll do another…

TAILGATING TIME!

Who doesn’t like ribs? Who likes bones? Well, both problems are solved with…

Boneless Baby Back Pork Roasts

Ingredients

2 racks baby back ribs, membrane removed

Dry Rub of Choice

Sauces of Choice

Instructions:

1-Preheat oven to 300°F

2-Lay the ribs on a long sheet of aluminum foil.

3-Cover the ribs evenly on both sides with dry rub.

4-Wrap the foil around the ribs.

5-Bake the ribs for 3 to 3½ hours.

6-Unwrap the ribs, then wiggle the bones out.

7-Serve with various sauces.

Next week, we look at some of the waste that race cars generate.

Aston Martin…Not Just For James Bond Part 2

By David G. Firestone

When the name Aston Martin comes up, people typically have one of two association. The first is a luxury car company, the second is James Bond. Aston Martin has a history that dates back to 1913, and has many iconic cars. Aston Martin is a British Cultural Icon, and even has a Royal Warrant. They supply The Prince of Wales with motor cars.

What most people don’t really realize about Aston Martin is that they have a rich history in auto racing. They have raced at LeMans at various points since 1931, in various different vehicles. They were also heavily involved in Formula 1 as a manufacturer from 1959 to 1960. It was a sponsor from 2016 to 2020, until returning as a manufacturer in 2021 They have won multiple class championships at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007, 2008 in GT1, a 2014 in LMGTE Am and 2017 in LMGTE Pro.

Obviously, a racing team like this needs a lot of moving parts, and moving personnel. These can include mechanics, pit crew members, and engineers. As such, teams issue suits to these members, including this mechanic suit by Lico, a subdivision of Sparco. The suit shows a little bit of use.

The collar has a Velcro modification, with a LICO logo embroidered into it. There are two tags, a Lico tag with washing instructions, and an L tag sewn into the cowl.The front torso has no adornment at all. The belt is red with a white outline, and a LICO logo embroidered into it.The legs have standard cuffs, and are unadorned.The shoulders have red epaulets outlined in white The sleeves are unadorned. The entire back of the suit, including the neck, and back torso are unadorned. Next week, another racing balaclava.

Aston Martin…Not Just For James Bond Part 1

By David G. Firestone

When the name Aston Martin comes up, people typically have one of two association. The first is a luxury car company, the second is James Bond. Aston Martin has a history that dates back to 1913, and has many iconic cars. Aston Martin is a British Cultural Icon, and even has a Royal Warrant. They supply The Prince of Wales with motor cars.

What most people don’t really realize about Aston Martin is that they have a rich history in auto racing. They have raced at LeMans at various points since 1931, in various different vehicles. They were also heavily involved in Formula 1 as a manufacturer from 1959 to 1960. It was a sponsor from 2016 to 2020, until returning as a manufacturer in 2021 They have won multiple class championships at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007, 2008 in GT1, a 2014 in LMGTE Am and 2017 in LMGTE Pro.

In 2014, there were a number of drivers who raced for Aston Martin in the LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am categories in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. They won the LMGTE Am driver championship with David Heinemeier Hansson and Kristian Poulsen each with 198 points. One driver from their stable wore these Alpinestars race gloves. The gloves show light use,and it’s impossible to figureout who wore them, as there is on indication whatsoever. The right glove has some minor designs on the red outside, and some more intricate designs on the inside. There is also material loss on the inside The wrist of the glove has the FIA certification. Inside the wrist is the Alpinestars warranty label, and a small patch that says WIN. The left glove is identical to the right glove, including the damage on the inside of the fingers. Next Week, an Aston Martin mechanic suit.

The Vest Project Part 24-Brendan Gaughan and South Point

By David G. Firestone

The son of second generation casino owner Michael Gaughan, Brendan Gaughan decided that he wanted to be a race car driver. He has raced in all three of NASCAR’s top series. While he hasn’t scored a win in the Cup Series, he has two wins in the Xfinity Series in 2014, and a total of six wins in the Truck Series, two in 2002, and four in 2003.

Starting in 2009, Brendan Gaughan was almost exclusively sponsored by South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. South Point is, not shockingly, owned by Brendan’s father Michael. During 2009, Gaughn ran a full schedule in the Xfinity Series for Rusty Wallace. During that time, he scored three top fives, and a total of 8 top 10’s. During the 2009 season, one of Gaughan’s crew members wore this Impact vest. The vest doesn’t show a lot of use.The collar is a standard collar with SOUTH POINT embroidered in red and black on the white material. There is a tag pinned into the cowl, but no other tags are present. There is also the initials KA written in Sharpie by the right edge of the collar. The right chest features NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES, CHEVY, and GOODYEAR logos embroidered in white, as opposed to their traditional colors. 2009 was the last year Rusty Wallace Racing raced Chevy before switching to Toyota.The left chest features 5-HOUR ENERGY and US FIDELIS logos embroidered in white.The front torso features a SOUTH POINT CASINO logo embroidered.The standard Impact warranty label and name label are sewn inside the front zipper. The name ADDAMS is written in Sharpie on the name label.The sides of the vest have adjustable straps present. The shoulders have yellow epaulets with SOUTH POINT logo embroidered, and there are holes for the sleeves. The rear of the vest doesn’t show much wear.The back of the neck has a black Oakley logo embroidered into the yellow material. http://www.rustywallace.com is embroidered below that in white.The back torso features a SOUTH POINT CASINO logo embroidered.Next week, we shift focus to Aston Martin.

The Gloves Make The Driver-NASCAR Vs. NHRA

By David G. Firestone

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but I wanted to get a more modern pair of NASCAR race-worn gloves. With the Ryan Newman gloves I discussed last week, that opportunity presented itself. I delayed both of these articles after the Daytona 500.

Racing is one of, if not the most dangerous sport in the world. No other sport can see an athlete crushed to death and burned to death at the same time. The dangers of the sport are ever present. However, some types of auto racing require heavier protection than others.

NASCAR and many other classes of auto racing only require an SFI 3.3-5 rating, which protects the wearer from second degree burn for 10 seconds. This is usually enough time for a driver to exit the vehicle, or rescue teams to get to the wrecked car. However the nitro categories of drag racing, top fuel dragster and top fuel funny car, as well as top alcohol dragster and top alcohol funny car require the highest safety rating SFI has, a 20, which protects the wearer from second degree burns for up to 45 seconds.  Let’s look at the differences between the two.For the NASCAR side, we will look at these circa 2019 Ryan Newman race-worn gloves. They are a 5 rated pair of gloves, and are very decorated, with numerous designs and logos, since in-car cameras frequently captures images of them. The material the have is very thin. On the NHRA side, we have a pair of John Hale top fuel funny car gloves from his time with Jim Dunn Racing. These have a 20 rating, have no adornment whatsoever, and are very thick. They are designed for a secondary pair of gloves underneath. When a fuel car explodes or crashes into the wall, it might take a bit of time for the car to stop, or rescue teams to get to the car. As such, the gloves have to protect for as long as possible. When compared between the two, the results are night and day. The NHRA gloves look like super armor compared to the NASCAR gloves. The NASCAR gloves look like cheap dollar store gloves compared to the NHRA gloves. It’s amazing how different the safety ratings make the gloves look and feel. The NASCAR gloves feel like the gloves one wears in winter, whereas the NHRA gloves look like the gloves that are used by cooks to pull chicken baskets out of a deep fryer. Next week, The Vest Project continues.

The Gloves Of The Rocket Man

By David G. Firestone

The old saying goes that sometimes the best planning is no replacement for dumb luck. Dumb luck can strike anyone. On January 2, I turned 38. I had spent the previous evening enjoying myself, because I had to go back to work on the 3rd, so I wouldn’t be able to drink. Like most people, I check my phone when I wake up. When I checked Twitter, I noticed I had six notifications. This was odd, as I hadn’t tweeted at all for the last few days. When I went to the notifications, I saw this tweet:

I had completely forgotten I had entered that to begin with, and well, it was one hell of a birthday surprise. I sent them my info, and a few days later, the gloves arrived. Today, we will look at them.

Nicknamed The Rocket Man, Ryan Newman has done a lot in his NASCAR career. He won the 50thDaytona 500 in 2008, the 2013 Brickyard 400,, and the 2002 Winston. He has 18 wins in the Cup Series, 7 wins in the Xfinity Series, and 1 win in the Truck Series. He is more recently known for suffering injuries during the last lap of the 2020 Daytona 500. That’s why I didn’t do these gloves sooner. Though it isn’t clear where these Sparco gloves were worn, it’s clear they were worn, as they show wear. The right glove has SPARCO, RESCUE RANCH, PERFORMANCE PLUS MOTOR OIL, FORD, and FORD PERFORMANCE logos screen printed. The inside of the right glove features a very intricate pattern on the palm and fingers. The right wrist features a Sparco manufacture date of 2018. There is also an SFI rating tag inside the wrist, as well as a holographic FIA safety certification. The left glove is identical to the right glove in every way possible. The left glove has SPARCO, RESCUE RANCH, PERFORMANCE PLUS MOTOR OIL, FORD, and FORD PERFORMANCE logos printed.The inside of the left glove features a very intricate pattern on the palm and fingers. The left wrist features a Sparco manufacture date of 2018. There is also an SFI rating tag inside the wrist, as well as a holographic FIA safety certification. Next Week, I compare NASCAR and NHRA gloves.

Beckman Returns Again For 2020

By David G. Firestone

I’ve discussed Jack Beckman on The Driver Suit Blog many times. He is a great driver, he connects with the fans, and he was kind enough to grant me an interview last year. I’ve been into the Infinite Hero Challenge Coin program since the beginning, and love collecting them. Well, I’m back with another profile of the coins for 2018.
Launched in 2011, The Infinite Hero Foundation “…is to combat the most difficult front line issues – mental and physical – facing returning military heroes and their families.” Military personnel returning from overseas deployment face long term employment, mental and physical problems that the majority of Americans don’t understand. They work with other non-profit veterans groups and give out grants to help service men and women cope with these long term problems.
In April 2014, they started appearing on the side of Jack Beckman’s funny car. The late Terry Chandler, who also sponsors Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Make a Wish Foundation Funny Car, is the financial backer of the car. She pays for Infinite Hero to race on the sides of the car. This also began the NHRA coin program. When Jack Beckman gets into his funny car to race, he carries Infinite Hero Challenge Coins in the pocket of his driver suit. Once the race is over, he will autograph them and sell them at the track and on eBay. They cost $100 with all proceeds going to the Infinite Hero Foundation.

The 2014 design is quite thick, and has a ridged edge. One side featured “Courage, Honor, Virtue, Heroism,” around a globe design with an Oakley logo. Oakley is a partner with the Infinite Hero Foundation. The other side features an Infinite Hero Foundation logo with purple enamel. The coin was placed in a round, flat plastic container, with black foam braces. The retail coin lacks the blue enamel that the coin that comes with the glasses coin, and future coins, and has a very plain look. I do like the plain look.Jack used was identical to the one sold in stores. Jack autographed the plastic case.   In 2014, this 1/24 scale die cast was produced. It is a full replica of Beckman’s funny car. Valvoline was a primary sponsor, and this was the only season Infinite Hero and Valvoline were together on the car. It’s also the only time that Infinite Hero Challenge appeared on the older Dodge funny car body. In 2015, the current body was introduced, and Pennzoil replaced Valvoline. Jack has autographed the windshield. A redesigned coin of the same size was introduced for 2015. The Oakley logos are gone. One side features a design similar to the globe design, but the globe design has been replaced with an American Flag design. “Courage, Honor, Virtue, Heroism” has been replaced with “Duty, Honor, Innovation, Courage.” The new emblem on the reverse side has one of the across bands removed. The new packaging is an upgrade, with the circular plastic cylinder replaced with an attractive box. It comes with a card that Jack Beckman autographed, and on the reverse it has the Infinite Hero Foundation Pledge. The first one is from The CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Phoenix on February 22, 2015, where Jack was eliminated in the first round. The second one is from the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, where Beckman won the event, beating Courtney Force in the final round. Also in 2015, these hero cards were produced. Hero cards are given away at racing events and driver appearances. They have Jack’s picture, and information about the driver, team, and the Infinite Hero Challenge. For 2016, the coins got a major makeover. The Infinite Hero logo is now bigger. The words “Reimagine” and “Recovery” are stamped near the logo, and on the opposite side, a picture of Jack’s funny car replaces the flag motif. It should also be noted that the coin is slightly smaller, because it isn’t as tight in the coin case as the previous version. The Infinite Hero Pledge accompanies the coin. Also changed from 2016, Jack doesn’t sign the box and the pledge, he just signs the pledge. The 2017 Infinite Hero coin is slightly larger than the 2016 coin, and fits snugly in the box. The pledge piece remains unchanged. The coin itself has a plain pewter Infinite Hero Challenge logo on one side, and a blue enameled claw stripe design with a hex nut design on the border. Hero cards are given away at racing events and driver appearances. They have Jack’s picture, and information about the driver, team, and the Infinite Hero Challenge. For 2016-2017, a new card design was introduced. It has updated information, as well as the updated paint scheme introduced at the beginning of the season. This year’s design is done in memory of the late Terry Chandler, who passed away from cancer prior to the 2017 event. The front has a heart design with Chandler’s initials. The back of the coin has the Infinite Hero logo, with blue enamel. Jack also autographed a copy of the Infinite Hero pledge. For 2018, a new Hero card design was released. The 2019 coin design features the features the Air Force seal, with SGR “FAST” JACK BECKMAN INFINITE HERO FUNNY CAR engraved on the outside. The standard Infinite Hero challenge logo is on the reverse. This was autographed by Jack at the Route 66 Nationals. The 2020 coin design depicts a solder calling for his troops to FOLLOW MW, with SGT “FAST” JACK BECKMAN SALUTES UNITED STATES ARMY 1772 2020 engraved on the outside. The standard Infinite Hero Challenge logo is on the reverse. This was autographed by Jack at the 2020 Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Indianapolis. Jack Beckman is a great driver, who races for a great sponsor, and supports a great cause. He has been really amazing not just to me, not just to to The Driver Suit Blog, but to the NHRA and their fan base. I’m glad he’s going to be racing for The Infinite Hero Challenge until at least 2020. As long as he is selling them, I will continue buying the Infinite Hero Challenge Coins, and promoting them on The Driver Suit Blog. I can’t wait to see next year’s coin design.

Next week, some race-worn gloves.