The Driver Suit Blog-The Gloves Of The Rocket Man

By David G. Firestone

The old saying goes that sometimes the best planning is no replacement for dumb luck. Dumb luck can strike anyone. On January 2, I turned 38. I had spent the previous evening enjoying myself, because I had to go back to work on the 3rd, so I wouldn’t be able to drink. Like most people, I check my phone when I wake up. When I checked Twitter, I noticed I had six notifications. This was odd, as I hadn’t tweeted at all for the last few days. When I went to the notifications, I saw this tweet:

I had completely forgotten I had entered that to begin with, and well, it was one hell of a birthday surprise. I sent them my info, and a few days later, the gloves arrived. Today, we will look at them.

Nicknamed The Rocket Man, Ryan Newman has done a lot in his NASCAR career. He won the 50thDaytona 500 in 2008, the 2013 Brickyard 400,, and the 2002 Winston. He has 18 wins in the Cup Series, 7 wins in the Xfinity Series, and 1 win in the Truck Series. He is more recently known for suffering injuries during the last lap of the 2020 Daytona 500. That’s why I didn’t do these gloves sooner. Though it isn’t clear where these Sparco gloves were worn, it’s clear they were worn, as they show wear. The right glove has SPARCO, RESCUE RANCH, PERFORMANCE PLUS MOTOR OIL, FORD, and FORD PERFORMANCE logos screen printed. The inside of the right glove features a very intricate pattern on the palm and fingers. The right wrist features a Sparco manufacture date of 2018. There is also an SFI rating tag inside the wrist, as well as a holographic FIA safety certification. The left glove is identical to the right glove in every way possible. The left glove has SPARCO, RESCUE RANCH, PERFORMANCE PLUS MOTOR OIL, FORD, and FORD PERFORMANCE logos printed.The inside of the left glove features a very intricate pattern on the palm and fingers. The left wrist features a Sparco manufacture date of 2018. There is also an SFI rating tag inside the wrist, as well as a holographic FIA safety certification. Next Week, I compare NASCAR and NHRA gloves.

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