Now, at first, you might think this is just a collection of cars with stars and stripes painted on the hood, but it goes a little deeper. There are other forms of iconography that racing fans know all too well when it comes to American dominance in motorsport. So here are seven great racing liveries, in no particular order! And don’t worry, we’ve got some stars and stripes too.
Ford GT40 Gulf Racing
Loews NASCAR Memorial Day Livery
On more than one occasion, Jimmie Johnson’s #48 NASCAR has been graced with the stars and stripes. In the past, this awesome paint job has been applied to the #48 on Memorial Day weekend as a tribute to fallen soldiers.
Rum Bum Racing Porsche 911
An Porsche racecar might not seem too patriotic, but it is run by American team Rum Bum Racing, and the tie-dyed paint scheme just conjures up images of Hendrix playing the Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock.
The Greenwood Corvettes
Before the black and yellow Pratt & Miller Corvettes dominated Le Mans, another team earned success in sportscar racing. The John Greenwood/BFD racing team ran Corvettes raced all over from 1968 to 1976. The #48 and #50 cars featured patriotic paint schemes that were instant classics!
While the Cobra might be on more walls as posters, the hardtop Shelby Daytona coupe has its firm place in American racing lore. At the same time that Carroll Shelby was preparing the GT40 to dethrone Ferrari, his front-engined Daytona coupes were dominating the sportscar racing circuits. The 289ci-powered Daytona’s scooped up GT-class won at Sebring in 1964 and 1965, and came fourth overall in the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as a host of other victories. The blue with white stripes has become a symbol of that era of racing success.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Pro-Mod
Dina Parise is from New York State and races a very bad ass pro-mod 1963 Chevrolet Corvette. The blown 526 Hemi V8 makes over 1000 horsepower, and can do a quarter mile in 6.09 seconds, with a crossing speed of 236 mph! It’s too bad her competitors only get to see this amazingly American paint job as she’s blasting by them!
Dale Earnhardt Jr Budweiser Livery
We all know the greatness of Earnhardt Sr. Before his tragic accident in 2001, “The Intimidator” ran the 2000 NASCAR season in the same field as his son. The #3 is iconic in the racing community, but Jr. became a prominent NASCAR figure in his own right. In his early years, the #8 wore Budweiser advertising on the side of a Chevrolet V8 stock car. I ask you–what’s more ‘Murican than that?!
Photo Credits: Greenwood Corvettes, Dina Parise Racing, Ecurie415