The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-January 7, 2023

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 Kubota/Onx Homes Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

Austin Cindric #2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Austin Cindric #2 Autotrader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Brad Keselowski #6 Elk Grove Manufacturing and Technology Expo Ford Mustang-I think the car is a bit too over designed. It’s not bad, but it can be toned down. B

Corey LaJoie #7 The Jessie Rees Foundation Chevy Camaro-I think the teal isn’t needed, and the car is a little over designed, so this gets a C

Kyle Busch #8 Alsco Uniforms Chevy Camaro-The adding of black doesn’t work, and takes the whole scheme down to a B+. Without the black, this gets an A.

Kyle Busch #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy Camaro-With the sides cleaned up, this gets an A!

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A- grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Discount Tire Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Wabash Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A- grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford Mustang-Even a smooth design can’t be saved with a horrid color scheme like this!. D

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A- grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry-The changes do not change the grade, it’s still a C- scheme.

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy Camaro-I like this new look, the color and design work, so this gets an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Cottonelle Chevy Camaro-Cleaning up the front is a massive improvement! This goes from an F to a C.

Josh Bilicki #78 Zeigler Auto Group Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A- grade.

The Driver Suit Blog-Driver Suit Blog Radio Episode 52

Some news, notes, and updates this week.

https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/new-docuseries-is-publicity-indycar-deserves-and-needs-100-days-to-indy/10409834/
https://sportsbusinessjournal.com/Journal/Issues/2022/12/19/Insiders/sports-media.aspx
https://frontofficesports.com/nascar-media-rights-1-billion/
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/comcast-earnings-nbcuniversal-peacock-loss-1235247300/
https://racer.com/2022/12/20/fia-moves-to-ban-personal-and-political-statements
https://www.sportspromedia.com/news/f1-global-tv-audience-2021/?zephr_sso_ott=87WnQ2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnT1OAp-oX4

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Tracker-January 4, 2023

By David G. Firestone

TRACKHOUSE RACING #1

Ross Chastain #1 Kubota/Onx Homes Chevy CamaroNo change. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Austin Cindric #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Austin Cindric #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo Change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Brad Keselowski #6 Elk Grove Manufacturing and Technology Expo Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, white with red and blue designs. B

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 The Jessie Rees Foundation Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, blue, black, teal, and white with a series of stripes. C

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Kyle Busch #8 Alsco Uniforms Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, black added, side design changed. B+

Kyle Busch #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, solid red, with black bottom and biscuits. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo Change. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. A

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Wabash Ford MustangNo Change. A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Ford MustangNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2023, blue, pink, and gray with slight design. D

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford MustangNo change. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo Change. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2023, sublimated designs added, orange reduced. C-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, side colors reversed. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, front cleaned up. C

LIVE FAST MOTORSPORTS #78

Josh Bilicki #78 Zeigler Auto Group Chevy CamaroNo change. C

The Driver Suit Blog-2022 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 4-The Grand Finale

By David G. Firestone

Well, all the votes have been counted, and the final Paint Scheme Leaderboard is complete. Without further ado, the final post of 2022:

1-Team Penske #22 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:43 of 46

Number of Schemes:8

GPA:4.00

2-NY Racing #44 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:5

GPA:4.00

3-Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:37 of 46

Number of Schemes:9

GPA:3.85

4-Hendrick Motorsports #9 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:7 of 46

Number of Schemes:8

GPA:3.75

5-Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:6 of 46

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:3.71

6-MBM Motorsports #55 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:3 of 46

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:3.70

7-Team Penske #12 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:18 of 46

Number of Schemes:21

GPA:3.65

8-Team Hezenberg #27 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:4

GPA:3.50

9-Hendrick Motorsports #24 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:5 of 46

Number of Schemes:9

GPA:3.51

10-Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:26 of 46

Number of Schemes:6

GPA:3.33

11-Rick Ware Racing #51 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:10 of 46

Number of Schemes:6

GPA:3.33

12-Hendrick Motorsports #5 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:16 of 46

Number of Schemes:3

GPA:3.33

13-Richard Childress Racing #33 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:3.30

14-Stewart-Haas Racing #41 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:38 of 46

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:3.02

15-Richard Childress Racing #3 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:14 of 46

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:3.30

16-Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing #6 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:36 of 46

Number of Schemes:16

GPA:3.15

17-Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:1 of 46

Number of Schemes:9

GPA:3.15

18-Rick Ware Racing #15 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:28 of 46

Number of Schemes:27

GPA:3.09

19-Team Penske #2 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:21 of 46

Number of Schemes:16

GPA:3.04

20-Kaulig Racing #16 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:8 of 46

Number of Schemes:18

GPA:3.01

21-Richard Childress Racing #8 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:42 of 46

Number of Schemes:10

GPA:3.00

22-Wood Brothers #21 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:12 of 46

Number of Schemes:8

GPA:2.96

23-Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:22 of 46

Number of Schemes:18

GPA:2.90

24-Hendrick Motorsports #48 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:27 of 46

Number of Schemes:7

GPA:2.86

25-Beard Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:4 of 46

Number of Schemes:2

GPA:2.85

26-Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing #17 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:39 of 46

Number of Schemes:11

GPA:2.78

27-Front Row Motorsports #34 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:13 of 46

Number of Schemes:11

GPA:2.76

28-Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:9 of 46

Number of Schemes:8

GPA:2.71

29-23XI Racing #45 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:2.70

30-JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:44 of 46

Number of Schemes:25

GPA:2.66

31-23XI Racing #23 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:11 of 46

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:2.64

32-Stewart-Haas Racing #10 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:35 of 46

Number of Schemes:8

GPA:2.96

33-Richard Petty Motorsports #42 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:12

GPA:2.61

34-Kaulig Racing #31 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:3

GPA:2.57

35-Live Fast Motorsports #78 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:23 of 46

Number of Schemes:28

GPA:2.56

36-Spire Motorsports #77 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:32 of 46

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:2.30

37-Front Row Motorsports #38 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:25 of 46

Number of Schemes:17

GPA:2.25

38-Trackhouse Racing #1 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:2.21

39-Spire Motorsports #7 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:41 of 46

Number of Schemes:19

GPA:2.08

40-The Money Racing Team #50 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:2

GPA:2.00

41-MBM Motorsports #66 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:24 of 46

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:2.00

42-Richard Petty Motorsports #43 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:15 of 46

Number of Schemes:7

GPA:1.90

43-Trackhouse Racing #99 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:46 of 46

Number of Schemes:13

GPA:1.53

44-Team Hezenberg #26 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:0.00

GPA:1

45-Trackhouse Racing #91 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:0.0

With that, 2022 is over, and we will start back up next week, and next year!

The Driver Suit Blog-2022 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 3-Toyota

By David G. Firestone

The 2021 Paint Scheme Leaderboard rolls on, this week, it’s the Toyota teams time to shine!

1-Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:7 of 8

Number of Schemes:9

GPA:3.85

2-Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:1 of 8

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:3.71

3-Team Hezenberg #27 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:4

GPA:3.50

4-Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:6 of 8

Number of Schemes:6

GPA:3.33

5-Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:2 of 8

Number of Schemes:8

GPA:2.71

6-23XI Racing #45 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:2.70

7-23XI Racing #23 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:3 of 8

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:2.64

8-Team Hezenberg #26 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:0.00

Next week, The Grand Finale!

The Driver Suit Blog-2022 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 2-Ford

By David G. Firestone

This week, the 2021 Paint Scheme Leaderboard shifts focus to the blue oval. Ford’s rankings are up for this week.

1-Wood Brothers #21 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:23 of 23

Number of Schemes:8

GPA:4.00

2-Rick Ware Racing #51 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:2 of 23

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:3.70

3-Team Penske #12 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:8 of 23

Number of Schemes:21

GPA:3.65

4-Rick Ware Racing #51 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:4 of 23

Number of Schemes:6

GPA:3.33

5-Stewart-Haas Racing #41 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:21 of 23

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:3.02

6-Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing #6 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:20 of 23

Number of Schemes:16

GPA:3.15

7-Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:1 of 23

Number of Schemes:9

GPA:3.15

8-Rick Ware Racing #15 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:16 of 23

Number of Schemes:27

GPA:3.09

9-Team Penske #2 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:11 of 23

Number of Schemes:16

GPA:3.04

10-Wood Brothers #21 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:5 of 23

Number of Schemes:8

GPA:2.96

11-Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:12 of 23

Number of Schemes:18

GPA:2.90

12-Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing #17 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:22 of 23

Number of Schemes:11

GPA:2.78

13-Front Row Motorsports #34 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:6 of 23

Number of Schemes:11

GPA:2.76

14-Stewart-Haas Racing #10 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:19 of 23

Number of Schemes:20

GPA:2.62

15-Live Fast Motorsports #78 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:13 of 23

Number of Schemes:28

GPA:2.56

16-Front Row Motorsports #38 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:15 of 23

Number of Schemes:17

GPA:2.25

17-MBM Motorsports #66 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year:14 of 23

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:2.00

Next week, Toyota.

The Driver Suit Blog-2022 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 1-Chevy

By David G. Firestone

Thanksgiving has passed, holiday music and decorations are abound, and the 2022 Paint Scheme Leaderboard is here! Here’s how the process works. I will rank all of the Cup Series teams by their paint scheme GPA. I will rank them by manufacturer, then all of them in one final list. There is no committee this year, as Zoe chose to skip the proceedings. Here is the Chevy list:

1-NY Racing #44 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:5

GPA:4.00

2-Hendrick Motorsports #9 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:3 of 21

Number of Schemes:8

GPA:3.75

3-Hendrick Motorsports #24 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:2 of 21

Number of Schemes:9

GPA:3.51

4-Hendrick Motorsports #5 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:8 of 21

Number of Schemes:3

GPA:3.33

5-Richard Childress Racing #33 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:3.3

6-Richard Childress Racing #3 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:6 of 21

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:3.24

7-Kaulig Racing #16 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:4 of 21

Number of Schemes:18

GPA:3.01

8-Richard Childress Racing #8 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:19 of 21

Number of Schemes:10

GPA:3.00

9-Hendrick Motorsports #48 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:10 of 21

Number of Schemes:7

GPA:2.86

10-Beard Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:1 of 21

Number of Schemes:2

GPA:2.85

11-JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:20 of 21

Number of Schemes:25

GPA:2.66

12-Richard Petty Motorsports #42 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:12

GPA:2.61

13-Kaulig Racing #31 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:3

GPA:2.57

14-Spire Motorsports #77 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:14 of 21

Number of Schemes:14

GPA:2.30

15-Trackhouse Racing #1 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:2.21

16-Spire Motorsports #7 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:18 of 21

Number of Schemes:19

GPA:2.08

17-The Money Racing Team #50 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:2

GPA:2.00

18-Richard Petty Motorsports #43 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:7 of 21

Number of Schemes:7

GPA:1.90

19-Trackhouse Racing #99 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:21 of 21

Number of Schemes:13

GPA:1.53

20-Trackhouse Racing #91 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes:1

GPA:0.0

Next week, Ford.