Saturday, April 29, 2006

Old School Look for Petty Racing's #43 Car

Petty Racing's #43 Dodge Charger sports the classic STP colors April 30 and September 9.

When Bobby Labonte gets behind the wheel of the #43 Petty Racing Dodge Charger this weekend, he'll see an STP logo through his windshield. To help promote its new oil stabilizer product, STP is the car's primary sponsor for this weekend's Aarons 499 Nextel Cup race at the Talladega Superspeedway. This marks the first time in six years that the 43 car will wear the classic STP/Petty red, white and blue livery.

The throwback paint scheme isn't all crass commercialism, either. For each lap completed, STP will donate $43 to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a race-themed getaway for seriously or chronically ill children. Victory Junction was created by the Petty family and opened its doors in 2004. It is a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

The #43 car will sport the retro paint scheme again on September 9 at the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 in Richmond. That race will again see STP donate $43/lap to the camp. All told, STP will donate over $25,000 to Victory Junction this year.

As racing paint schemes go, the STP/Richard Petty colors are as recognizable as the Gulf Racing livery that became synonymous with sports car racing in the late 60s. There is something special about seeing the 43 car doing it old-school again, and it wouldn't be disappointing to see it in the winner's circle come Sunday evening.

Sure, that may be a tall order, but for the casual fan, it's something fun to root for.

The Aaron's 499 airs at 1:30PM on Fox this Sunday.

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Photo: STP, Petty Racing