Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

August 28, 2015

Almirola and STP Throwback to 1972 at Darlington Raceway

STP Throwback Paint Scheme3

Almirola and STP Throwback to 1972 at Darlington Raceway


“Petty Blue” and Day-Glo Red Ford will Compete in Bojangles Southern 500

\r\nMOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 27, 2015) – A throwback conversation wouldn’t be complete without the iconic No. 43 STP Ford and neither would the throwback The Tradition Returns weekend at Darlington Raceway. Joining in on the retro paint schemes, Aric Almirola will pilot the 1972 “Petty Blue” and Day-Glo Red No. 43 STP paint scheme, originally driven by “The King” Richard Petty. STP will also have special guests at the track during its return to Labor Day weekend. Members of the 1972 crew will join STP and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team for the Bojangles Southern 500.\r\n\r\n“When you think throwback racing, you think STP and ‘The King’,” said Almirola. “It’s really special to drive a car with so much history and such an iconic car of that time. The 1972 paint scheme was very popular, and it will be really cool to drive in a race that embraces the history of our sport. I know we’ll have a lot of fans cheering on that ‘Petty Blue’ and Day-Glo Red Ford, which is really exciting.”\r\n\r\n1972 marked the first year for STP and Petty’s longstanding relationship and the first year the No. 43 sported Day-Glo Red on the quarter panels. It’s only fitting that the company throwback to their first year in NASCAR racing with “The King” during The Tradition Returns weekend.\r\n\r\n“STP has been a proud partner of Richard Petty for nearly 44 years now, and all of that started with this 1972 paint scheme,” said Jamie Kistner, Vice President of Marketing for STP. “To be able to bring that first year back to the track through this paint scheme and with Aric Almirola has been a lot of fun and has brought back some great memories of STP’s storied history in NASCAR for our fans. Darlington Raceway is hosting a great throwback event that’s produced a lot of excitement and we’re honored to be a part of it.”\r\n\r\nIn a storied history, Petty raced with the STP logo on the hood of his No. 43 race car for 21 years before he retired as a driver and scored 60 of his 200 wins during that time.\r\n\r\n“It will be neat to see the car that started our partnership with STP 43 years ago back on track at Darlington,” said Petty. “It will be fun to see all the throwback schemes racing at Darlington and on Labor Day Weekend. It just feels right to have the Southern 500 back to Labor Day Weekend and is fitting that we celebrate tradition there with throwback paint schemes.”\r\n\r\nPetty will be joined by several of his 1972 teammates at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 6. Along with crew chief Dale Inman, crew members Richie Barsz, fabricator, Tex Powell, mechanic and Jackman, Les Barsz, mechanic and transporter driver, Billy Biscoe, mechanic and gas man, Jimmy “Zoomer” Kovalchik, fabricator and tire carrier, and Barry Dodson, painter, will return to the track where they finished third in the 1972 Southern 500.\r\n\r\nThe Bojangles Southern 500 will be broadcast live on NBC on Sunday, September 6 at 7 p.m. ET.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nAbout Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., parent company of STP®:\r\n\r\nSpectrum Brands Holdings, a member of the Russell 2000 Index, is a global and diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of automotive appearance, performance, and do-it-yourself A/C recharge products, consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware, faucets, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest control products, and personal insect repellents. Helping to meet the needs of consumers worldwide, our Company offers a broad portfolio of market-leading, well-known and widely trusted brands including Armor All®, STP®, A/C Pro®,  Rayovac®, VARTA®, Kwikset®, Weiser®, Baldwin®, National Hardware®, Pfister™, Remington®, George Foreman®, Black + Decker®, Farberware®, Tetra®, Marineland®, Nature’s Miracle®, Dingo®, 8-in-1®, FURminator®, IAMS®, Eukanuba®, Digest-eeze™, Healthy-Hide®, Littermaid®, Spectracide®, Cutter®, Repel®, Hot Shot®, Black Flag® and Liquid Fence®. Spectrum Brands’ products are sold by the world’s top 25 retailers and are available in more than one million stores in approximately 160 countries. Based in Middleton, Wisconsin, Spectrum Brands Holdings generated net sales of approximately $4.43 billion in fiscal 2014.  For more information, visit www.spectrumbrands.com.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nAbout Richard Petty Motorsports:\r\n\r\nA performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force, STP and Fresh From Florida, and Sam Hornish Jr. drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners Medallion Bank and Twisted Tea. In addition, Dakoda Armstrong wheels the No. 43 WinField Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.\r\n