CONCORD, N.C. — Wednesday night on QVC, Dale Earnhardt Jr. unveiled the paint scheme he will drive in his final start as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
Earnhardt’s No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet will pay tribute to his very first Cup paint scheme in 1999, carrying a red-and-black livery reminiscent of the Budweiser colors he drove for nine years at Dale Earnhardt Incorporated.
The car was designed by renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass, and carries the identical color codes of the original Budweiser scheme.
“This is incredible to see it first hand,” said Earnhardt, who did not see the car until its official unveiling. “I’ve been involved in the design process going forward, but I haven’t seen the car. I’ve only seen some sheets of metal and choosing the proper paint codes and all that stuff and seeing it on paper. This brings back a lot of memories.”
With Budweiser sponsorship, Earnhardt scored 17 of his 26 career Cup victories, including the 2004 Daytona 500.