Most NASCAR fans are familiar with the iconic (STP Dayglo) red and (Petty) blue paint scheme that adorned the number 43 car for years and years. I didn’t know this but STP signed their first deal with Richard Petty in 1972 and are celebrating their 40th Anniversary with “The King” this season. I know that there are certain drivers that when you think of them you think of their sponsors. Petty’s STP is one of the first. (I also think Dupont=Jeff Gordon, and Tide=Darrell Waltrip/Ricky Rudd and Lowes=Jimmie Johnson).
Anyway, because of this landmark anniversary, STP will be back as the title sponsor on the No. 43 Ford Fusion for the second consecutive year during the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Sidenote: It’s funny but when I type out STP my brain thinks Stone Temple Pilots- which then in turn makes me think of their song Vasoline…which then I try to sing to myself in my head but then it gets confused with the lyrics to Metallica’s Fuel which is a weird mashup of songs and then well the point is my brain is being a bad naughty brain and I have digressed passed the point of you even caring) and will be piloted by new Richard Petty Motorsports driver, Aric Almirola.
“When I signed with Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2012 season I was honored to be driving for a legend of our sport,” said Almirola. “Being able to sit in the driver’s seat of the No. 43 STP car with an iconic paint scheme, just like ‘The King’ himself did, is the icing on the cake and it would be amazing to drive it to Victory Lane on April 22.”
I know that I will keep my eyes open on April 22nd for the 40th Anniversary paint scheme. I hope you will too. It will be like watching history circle the track in Kansas!