Samantha Stirmel/Business Manager
The highly anticipated Daytona 500 race comes closer to fruition every day, and with that also comes a new look for most drivers.
Hendrick Motorsports rolled out their drivers paint schemes with a video on their website showing all sides of their Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s. Chase Elliott in the No. 9 car steals the first spotlight with his new car’s colors featuring those of NAPA Auto Parts. The white, blue, and yellow paint stands out and nicely incorporates Goodyear’s logo over the front wheel wells of the car. This year is the third year that NAPA has been a primary sponsor of Elliott, with the original agreement signed pointing to this being the last year that his car will be featuring the company. William Byron in the No. 24 car is next on the docket with the primary sponsor featuring Axalta in white letters across the rear of the vehicle and the hood. Black is featured in the background as flames stretch back across the car converging to cover the rear altogether. Byron’s paint scheme pays homage to Jeff Gordon’s final paint season where he had a very similar “flame” paint scheme. Axalta is currently finishing its second season functioning as a primary partner of Byron where a similar design to this featuring them will be in a total of 15 races this XFINITY Series. Axalta has had a sponsorship with Hendrick Motorsports for over 25 years, with several cars to pick from for Axalta to adorn and support with their paint and collision work; it does not look like it will stop anytime soon.
No. 48 car Jimmie Johnson is also jumping into this race with a brand-new paint scheme focusing on a blacked-out look featuring the Lowe’s for Pros logo. There is almost no space on this car for there to be another logo as Lowe’s is featured about six times in big bold letters. The official video debuting Johnson’s car came a day after he collaborated with the Lowe’s company to build 1,048 bicycles for the Boys and Girls Club, showing that he is going that extra mile for his sponsors and the community. Lastly, the No. 88 car graces the screen, driven by Alex Bowman and featuring the Nationwide signature logo. Nationwide’s slogan is also present as the sweeping blue trail of paint in the middle of the car reaches back and buffers the white. Similar to Johnson’s car, Bowman seems to not have space for much other logos besides Nationwide’s. This release comes a week after Nationwide collaborated with Bowman premiering a brand-new video series called “Bowman: Racing to Win.”
Danica Patrick will have a bittersweet return to her green GoDaddy Chevrolet from Premium Motorsports with the familiar No. 7 for her last NASCAR race. GoDaddy dominates the entire hood with a lime green paint scheme covering almost the whole car. The rear of the vehicle features the number “500” in the same lime green as the rest of the car, above that is “Danica Double” in black letters while underneath “Daytona Indy” is displayed. Some other sponsorships presented on the car are Patrick’s apparel line called Her Warrior, Somnium Wine and a “Pretty Intense” health and fitness book written by her and Stephen Perrine.
Interestingly enough this will be the first Daytona 500 that will not have a car present that is sponsored by a beer company. This occasion is the first time that this has happened in almost 30 years. Despite the fact that Miller Light and Busch Beer respectively sponsor Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick they will not be appearing on their drivers’ cars in this race.