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Trevor Bayne To Feature Leonard Wood Tribute At Indianapolis

Trevor Bayne will be running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a tribute to a hall of famer and in classic Wood Brothers style.

The upcoming race weekend at Indianapolis will be a day full of memories for Wood Brothers Racing. Bayne is set to race in a special paint scheme on the No.21 car feature a tribute to recently elected Hall of Famer Leonard Wood and the classic candy apple red colored car from the team’s earlier racing days. The announcement of the special paint scheme was made by the Wood Brothers Racing team in a press release.

The decision for Bayne to race in the paint scheme was to honor Leonard Wood for his election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Wood was a part of the 1965 Indianapolis 500 team that worked for driver Jim Clark as the pit crew for that race. The 1965 Indianapolis 500 was Ford’s first win at one of auto racings biggest race.

Wood’s picture will be on display on the hood of the No.21 car for the race at the Brickyard.

The “candy apple red” paint scheme for the No.21 car will be representing the team’s earlier years when the Wood Brothers car ran completely in red paints for several seasons. Candy colors were used by Ford beginning in mid 1963, with the Wood Brothers being one of several teams to run those colors.

About four drivers drove the classic candy apple red No.21 car in what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Team Founder Glen Wood along with Marvin Panch, Dan Gurney, and Dave MacDonald raced in the classic car. Donnie Allison and Sonny Hitchins also ran the paint scheme back in 1937 in a Wood Brothers Modified car.

The candy apple red paint scheme was a part of Wood Brothers Racing until 1966 and will be making one last run at this year’s Brickyard 400.

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