The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades, December 20, 2014

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A- grade.

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same F grade!

Kasey Kahne #5 Liftmaster Chevy SS-A redesign of the C graded Time Warner scheme, but the color changes takes it from a C to a C+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Twisted Tea Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade

Danica Patrick #10 Go Daddy Chevy SS-This is the worst Go Daddy scheme yet! Too over designed, awful color scheme, and an all around horrible look earns an F

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry-New look for the FedEx Camry and it is a great one! It has a smooth look with a great color scheme, and it works very well. A+

Greg Biffle #16 Cheez Its Ford Fusion-New design for 2015, and I like this. Red is always a great color for a race car, and the cheese stripe on the bottom works well, as do the crackers on the side. A+

Greg Biffle #16 Clean Harbors Ford Fusion-Red, black, and white is a great color scheme, and the design looks decent, so I’ll give it an A-

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota Camry-The new design is decent, though the green could use a little tweaking. I do not like the new hood design, I thought the M&M’s were enough. I will give it a B-, I like it, but there is some work to do.

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft/Quicklane Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

Joey Logano #22 AAA Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

Ty Dillon #33 Cheerios Chevy SS-Same Scheme as Austin Dillon, Same A grade.

Aric Almirola #43 Eckrich Ford Fusion-The same scheme as 2014, but with a Nathan’s logo on the back. The color clash makes it look awkward, and it takes the scheme from an A to a C+

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Chevy SS-If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This appears to be inspired by the 2010 paint scheme, but that was horrible. It is over designed, and it just looks bad, C-, and I cant’ help but say how disappointed I am for this scheme.

Brian Vickers #55 Aaron’s Toyota Camry-They took the A+ scheme from last year, got rid of the gold, and replaced it with light blue, while making the current blue a tad darker. It works well and will keep the A+ grade.

4 thoughts on “The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades, December 20, 2014

  1. Danica’s car has an abstract design, but like spots – some people like’em & some don’t.Jimmie’s car looks at least as good as the previous ones. And some of the others you give highest grades are bland have no characteristics worthy of speaking of. Really weird opinion you have there.
    As for my credibility on the topic? When Microsoft had a race game tournament for which the grand prize was a brand new Tundra truck, they looked for the best of those known for editing the truck ‘skins’ for the game. I was also founder of a team of editors, 100+ strong, and taught more than I cared to count.
    Bottom line is what appeals to one won’t always appeal to others. But there IS an actual method to the madness. There’s actual rules that shouldn’t be broken if it can be avoided. In fact, as soon as they announced the Chase Yellow #, splitter, and name banner on the windshield, my immediate thought was how screwd up that’s going to look on cars with schemes that don’t accommodate for an additional color, much less a yellow one. Guess those clowns who suggested it aren’t artistic enough to know better…

    1. I grew up watching NASCAR in the 1990’s back when paint schemes were much simpler than they are today, so I take a less is more approach to my grades. As for your comments on the Chase elements, I can forgive the name banner and roof decals, but the splitter just looks awful

      1. JJ’s minimalist only 2-colors scheme w/just 2 stripes was my favorite. I argued w/ ‘yellow numbers’ fans many times that adding a 3rd color defeats the function of its simplicity. Knowing now that they’re adding chase elements, I immediately figured a different paintscheme with more colors will be necessary and in a perfect world, they’ll swap his standard numbers to yellow when the chase comes, so it all ties together better.

        Anyway, your grading system throws me. I can’t stand Austin Dillon, or the 3 being back, absolutely NO love at all for RCR, but that Bass Pro paint scheme is NOT deserving of an F. An F should look like an absolute lack of trying, or like Travis Pastrana’s pastel chaos scheme. I went thru and did a quick assessment and my grades are whereas I’d LOVE driving an A, not overly thrilled with C, pretty disappointed to be stuck with a D, and have absolutely no joy on raceday if I had to drive something as hideous as an F, and as u see I provided examples of something truly worthy of an F. lol

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