Unfortunately, it might be too late for William Byron and Hendrick Motorsports to go back to the drawing board.
Last month, NASCAR announced it would experiment with a new paint scheme concept in the July 15 All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Featuring numbers further back on the car, the scheme is a radical departure from what fans are used to seeing in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Well, Hendrick Motorsports on Wednesday revealed what William Byron’s No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro will look like in the All-Star race, and fans were not impressed — to say the least.
Here’s the car:
— Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) July 8, 2020
And here are some of the reactions:
This is much better sorry guys… pic.twitter.com/mGtN6yK7Vt
— Eric Vigneau (@Evigs24) July 8, 2020
— Colton Sanders (@4wideGaming) July 8, 2020
— Cody Llamas (@XxTeam48LowesXx) July 8, 2020
You guys ruined this one. It’s not even close to as good.
— Alex Bednarz (@ABednarz9) July 8, 2020
— Chaz B Cole ⚒️🏁🤜🏿🤛🏻 (@Chaz_B_Cole) July 8, 2020
Dear God that’s ugly. This has to be an one time thing
— RacingReturnsBalto🗿 (@BaltoRacing) July 8, 2020
Someone please fix that door… somebody please wake up b4 those 2nd grade cars hit the track. pic.twitter.com/5el3H0vHQH
— JR Garage (@JR_Garage) July 9, 2020
— Alec Hyre (@A_Hyre9) July 8, 2020
The colors… great. The number placement? Not so much.
— Michael DeGroat (@MichaelDeGroat) July 8, 2020
— Joe LaFave Jr. (@JoeLaFaveJr) July 8, 2020
As some of the haters pointed out, the colors on Byron’s care actually are cool. However, there’s no escaping the awkwardness of the No. 24’s proximity to that giant “A”.
Here’s hoping the new concept works better on other cars.
Thumbnail photo via Gerry Broome/Pool USA TODAY Network Images