Aric Almirola has just one win on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But in the Southern 500, he’ll honor a driver who has more Cup wins than any driver in NASCAR history.
During the popular throwback event at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 3, Almirola will run the iconic No. 43 STP paint scheme that Richard Petty ran when he earned his 200th and final Cup victory in 1984. And although Almirola will drive a Ford Fusion rather than a Pontiac Grand Prix, his car will almost look as good.
Almirola and Petty revealed the throwback scheme at a press event Wednesday.
STP, the motor oil company that’s been affiliated with Petty since 1972, celebrated the reveal with this awesome throwback montage:
Almirola’s car definitely will be one of the coolest at Darlington. Personally, though, we think the leaders in the garage still are Richard Childress Racing.
Thumbnail photo via Flickr/Mike Traverse