Aric Almirola’s car will wear a throwback paint scheme, and number, this weekend in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
The driver of what’s traditionally the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford will switch to No. 41 this weekend as the team pays tribute to Maurice Petty, who will be inducted into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame on January 29, 2014.
Maurice Petty powered “King Richard’s” 15 of 19 career wins at Martinsville. A win by Almirola on Sunday would be the first of his career and still count for owner points for the No. 43, per a one-race exemption made by NASCAR to allow the change.
The No. 43 last won with John Andretti at Martinsville in 1999. The No. 43 last missed a race in October 2003 when Jeff Green failed to qualify at Atlanta.
“It is kind of weird, but to me it goes back to same thing we did when we first started,” Richard told NASCAR.com regarding the No. 43’s absence this weekend. “Dad’s (Lee’s) number was 42. We just took the two off and put a three on there. We just took the three off my car and put a one on the thing.”
The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are already thinking about next year’s Indy 500.
Speedway officials on Friday unveiled the logo for the 103rd running of the 500 next year, which will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
According to a Speedway media release, “The logo for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 includes bold, dynamic features that will form the core of future logos for ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”
In addition, the new logo, according to the release, “is athletic, prestigious and confident and includes a rich navy blue that contrasts with gold, the color of the iconic Wing and Wheel logo of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“A row of red bricks race upward and forward, referencing the bricks that formed the track’s surface for decades and remain present today in the famous Yard of Bricks at the start-finish line.”
The logo will serve as part of a new branding system that will feature it as part of future logo designs, as well.
“This new logo system is an exciting step forward for the identity of the Indianapolis 500,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The 103rd Indianapolis 500 logo, created within this system, salutes the traditions and legacy of the race while looking ahead to its bright future.”