As a tribute to team owner and NASCAR legend Richard Petty, the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford will adorn old familiar colors for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The Ford driven by AJ Allmendinger will bring back the “Petty Blue” and “Day-Glo Red” colors in honor of “The King,” who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class on Sunday, May 23.
The throwback paint scheme will resemble the No. 43 machine Petty drove in 1984. That season, the driver collected his 199th career win at Dover. Petty holds the record for the most wins in NASCAR with 200.
“Obviously the No. 43 and Richard Petty are synonymous with NASCAR,” said Allmendinger. “To run this special throwback paint scheme at Dover as he’s being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in the first class is really a pleasure. The people that are being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, they are the ones who made NASCAR what it is. Just to be a part of it is awesome. To be Richard’s driver, it’s an honor.”
Petty will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 16. The seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion won the inaugural race at Dover in 1969. He is also tied with Bobby Allison for the most wins at the one-mile track with seven.
It is only fitting that NASCAR honor one of its living legends! “The King” has done more for NASCAR than anyone one else who has ever been a part of this sport. When one thinks of NASCAR, the next thought is the “Petty Blue”#43 Plymouth of the 60’s and 70’s that showed the rest of the boys the fast way around the track!
For NASCAR, history is a very important! In just a few days NASCAR will open up their very own “Hall of Fame” in downtown Charlotte. To keep the sport growing NASCAR has learned that you must keep one eye on the future, all the while celebrating the past!
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