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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Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”