Air Force Recruiting Service Public Affairs
/ Published November 29, 2021
The design for the Air Force-sponsored No. 43 car featured at NASCAR’s Cup Series Race Oct. 3, 2021, at Talladega Superspeedway, Ala. was a specialty paint scheme dedicated to Air Force Special Warfare Airmen and their mission. Airmen can refer to this wrap as they model their designs for the contest. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Air Force Recruiting Service)
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS). -- In a bit of a twist, Air Force Recruiting Service is asking Airmen to put on their creative hats to take a spin at designing the Air Force-themed paint scheme of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet for the 2022 NASCAR season.
Airmen who think they have the talent to design the paint scheme have just a few rules to follow:
-The car has to be Air Force-themed.
-No profanity or trademarked content (besides the Air Force Symbol, of course).
-The numbers on the car will be white so, no white designs but the roof number will be orange.
-Rules for use of the trademarked Air Force Symbol still have to be followed.
Otherwise, Airmen have nothing but artistic talent to consider when getting their design across the finish line.
“This car represents all Airmen, active, Guard and Reserve, so we want all Airmen to participate who think they have a winning design to showcase our Air Force,” said Master Sgt. Shawn Emmerling, AFRS national events liaison for the Air Force Reserve. “We want Airmen to be a part of this great 14-year partnership we’ve had with Richard Petty Motorsports and the iconic No. 43 car. With 2022 being the 75th Anniversary of the Air Force, we want to see what our creative Airmen come up with.”
Interested Airmen who think their talents will grab the checkered flag need to submit their design for the contest by Dec. 5.
The top three selections will compete to become the final design which will be featured on the car during three primary paint scheme races in the 2022 race season — Talladega 1 April 24, 2022, Road America July 3, 2022 and Bristol 2, a night race, Sept. 17, 2022. Past designs have honored the famed Tuskegee Airmen and their Red Tail aircraft, the iconic Flying Tigers shark's teeth, as well as an Air Force Special Warfare scheme.