Different paint schemes in NASCAR are just like when your favorite NFL team wears their alternate uniforms. In both situations, the slight change makes an already exciting event even better. In the world of NASCAR, different paint schemes are usually tied in with a specific sponsor or product. This season, Jeff Gordon will be racing a unique paint scheme when the circuit hits Texas Motor Speedway.
The April race at Texas will also be the location of Aggie Race Day. This is a special event that is being hosted by Texas A&M Alum Charles W. Shaver, Chairman and CEO of Axalta Coating Systems. During this experience, students will receive the ultimate VIP treatment and see the impact engineers have on the world’s most popular racing series.
Gordon is the driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet. In celebration of Aggie Race Day, Shaver has arranged for Gordon to sport the school colors of Texas A&M on his car. His car will also feature the Texas A&M Engineering logos. When asked about the event and the paint scheme, Shaver had the following to say;
Engineering is integral to racing and the coatings systems we create. It’s been a real privilege to serve on the Texas A&M Engineering Advisory Council for more than 12 years and now to be able to showcase our alma mater to the NASCAR community and show fellow Aggies how the great engineering education I received has translated into practical application.
Gordon and his team hope that when they roll into Texas, they will have several finishes like Daytona under their belt. Last weekend at the Dayton 500, Gordon ran strong and finished inside of the top five. In 26 career starts at Texas, Gordon has three wins and 11 top-10 finishes. He has also won the pole for the event on three separate occasions.