Jeff Gordon took to the racetrack in Atlanta for the final race of the 1992 for his first Cup series start the same day that Richard Petty hung up his helmet. 20 years later DuPont is still a sponsor for Gordon’s Cup racing efforts. As part of the Acceleration weekend activities, Gordon and Petty were together again on the stage in the Great Hall of the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the unveiling of the paint scheme that Gordon will field when DuPont is his primary sponsor in 2012.
The first officially licensed artist of NASCAR, Sam Bass, once again designed the paint scheme for Gordon’s car that was uncovered for the first time during the press conference Saturday. The predominantly black paint scheme will adorn Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet for 14 races during the 2012 season. The car has the familiar DuPont oval prominantly displayed on the hook with yellow fading to red stripes on the nose and sides. The flames that were present on the most recent No. 24 scheme are gone.
Gordon acknowledged the importance of DuPont during the press conference. Pointing out the myriad of products that are not only used by his race team, that are produced by DuPont, but the many products that DuPont has developed that benefit race fans and the public in general.
Petty reminisced with Gordon about the advances in safety that took place during his time in the sport while Gordon touched on the advances that have occurred since the King left active driving. They also discussed the qualities necessary to be a top flight driver and both admitted that they have no idea what the sport will look like in 20 years.
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