Published on April 4th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith0
Sprint Cup College Paint Schemes
Jeff Gordon will run the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway featuring a Texas A&M University paint scheme to celebrate a partnership between one of Gordon’s sponsors, Axalta Engineering and Texas A&M’s College of Engineering.
Since 2011, there have been at least eight teams that have run college logos or schemes in the Sprint Cup Series. Of those, only Jamie McMurray and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 team, which featured an Auburn University logo, won the race in which the car featured the logo — the Good Sam Road Side Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Michael Waltrip Racing has featured college logos/schemes five of the eight times since 2011. Michael Waltrip has driven cars with logos from Auburn, the University of Alabama, and the University of Kentucky. Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers have driven for Alabama and the University of Louisville, respectively.
Josh Wise has driven two college paint schemes for Front Row Motorsports. In the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, he featured a Bradley University paint scheme and in the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, he featured a Carson-Newman University paint scheme.
|Date||Track||Race||School||Team (Car No.)||Driver||Finish|
|4/17/2011||Talladega Superspeedway||Aaron’s 499||Auburn University||Michael Waltrip Racing (15)||Michael Waltrip||28|
|9/19/2011||Chicagoland Speedway||GEICO 400||Bradley University||Front Row Motorsports (37)||Josh Wise||42|
|5/6/2012||Talladega Superspeedway||Aaron’s 499||University of Alabama||Michael Waltrip Racing (15)||Clint Bowyer||6|
|6/30/2012||Kentucky Speedway||Quaker State 400||University of Kentucky||Michael Waltrip Racing (55)||Michael Waltrip||30|
|5/5/2013||Talladega Superspeedway||Aaron’s 499||University of Alabama||Michael Waltrip Racing (55)||Michael Waltrip||4|
|6/29/2013||Kentucky Speedway||Quaker State 400||University of Louisville||Michael Waltrip Racing (55)||Brian Vickers||31|
|8/24/2013||Bristol Motor Speedway||IRWIN Tools Night Race||Carson-Newman University||Front Row Motorsports (35)||Josh Wise||37|
|10/20/2013||Talladega Superspeedway||Camping World RV Sales 500||Auburn University||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing (1)||Jamie McMurray||1|
|4/6/2014||Texas Motor Speedway||Duck Commander 500||Texas A&M University||Hendrick Motorsports (24)||Jeff Gordon||2|
|7/5/2014||Daytona International Speedway||Coke Zero 400||Florida State University||Michael Waltrip Racing (55)||Brian Vickers||TBD|
Update: Jeff Gordon drove the Axalta/Texas A&M School of Engineering Chevy to a second place finish in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Update 2: Michael Waltrip Racing announced that the No. 55 Toyota, driven by Brian Vickers, will feature a paint scheme honoring Florida State University’s 2013 BCS National Championship at Daytona International Speedway in July.
Information from NASCAR Media Group was used in this posting.