How They “Paint” NASCAR Cars

Exotic track-special Porsches are famous for the way they forego badges in the name of lightness. Rather than the metal pieces you’d find on the typical 911, you get stickers. Stickers. On a $190,000 car. That’s taking less is more to the extreme.

However, Porsche isn’t the only fan of fancy stickers. In fact, NASCAR racers – some of the most recognizable racecars on the planet – are stickered from stem-to-stern. Sticker isn’t the technical term, though. In the world of automotive couture, the colorful, unique and sponsor-spattered livery that adorns a large part of the field at any cup series race is called a wrap.

Not every car in the field is wrapped – some still choose to go the old-fashioned route with paint and decals – but names like Chip Ganassi, Richard Childress Racing and other cup frontrunners are supporters of the new technique. It’s likely that one day soon it will replace painting altogether for race cars.

Your Guide to Going to Your First NASCAR Race

(Photo by Andrew Coppley for Chevy Racing)

A NASCAR race is a unique experience. You get to experience firsthand the roar of the engines and the crowd, the cars whizzing by at each turn and the thrill of seeing your favorite driver cross the finish line first.

Races are quite entertaining, and can make a nice road trip if you don’t live near any of the competitive tracks. Relative to other major sporting events, race tickets can be found at reasonable prices when purchased early enough, and the experience will certainly make the cost worthwhile.

If you’re planning to travel to a nascar race now’s the time to start. Here are a few things you’ll want to know:

How NASCAR’s Pit Stops Have Changed And Evolved

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NASCAR is a classic American sport. The Daytona 500, also called “The Great American Race” and “The Super Bowl of NASCAR,” routinely attracts a crowd of 250,000 people each February.

It’s exhilarating to watch dozens of stock cars whizzing around a track, weaving in and out of each other for control of the race. The drivers you see on those tracks are very talented, and behind every great driver is a great pit crew. They change a car’s tires, refuel its gas and check for any problems that need fixing, all in a matter of seconds. These precious seconds can be the difference in winning or losing a race, so speed is paramount in a pit stop.

Pit stops have evolved in a relatively short amount of time — NASCAR only formed as an entity in the mid-1930s. The pit stops America saw 80 years ago are not the same pit stops it sees today.