Efficiency personified: Sprint All-Star Race logo painted on Charlotte Motor Speedway infield in just 3 hours (video)

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How many times have you gone to a NASCAR race and marveled at – or at least wondered about – the painted designs, typically the name of that weekend’s event, on the infield grass?

Certainly, something like that takes days, if not weeks to design, draw and paint, right?

Not for Alan Jones, one of the most proficient infield artists in motorsports. When it came time to laying down the logo in the middle of the frontstretch grass at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race, Jones didn’t waste time.

This past Tuesday, it took Jones and his four-man crew all of THREE HOURS from start to finished product! You can see a time-lapse video of Jones and his staff doing their thing below, courtesy of The Charlotte Observer.

Jones tells The Observer that he kind of fell into what has been one of his primary jobs for nearly 40 years. It was in 1976 and Jones was a billboard painter.

While working at the Speedway painting more mundane things like men’s and women’s bathrooms and concession stands, he was asked if he could literally paint grass.

A new career and art form of sorts was born, with Jones having gone on to paint countless race logos at a number of racetracks across the country.

Like a crew chief on race day, Jones oversees everything while at the same time not afraid to get his hands dirty … uh, err, covered with paint, that is.

Check out the video below. It tells a heck of a story.


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Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.