The Winston - Paint Schemes
2000: Peter Max
2000 Winston Select:
For 2000, Peter Max, one of America's most-renowned pop artists, designed a special
color scheme for the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet that seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt
drove in both of the May events at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Max's signature vivid colors and bold design replaced the traditional Stealth-black
paint on Earnhardt's Richard Childress-owned car for exclusive race appearances at The
Winston and the Coca Cola 600.
Of course, a special paint scheme for the Intimidator has become a May speed weeks
tradition at LMS. Dating to 1995 when Earnhardt and Childress pioneered the paint scheme
tradition with the Silver Monte Carlo, but the millennium scheme is a long way from that
Max first gained celebrity status in the `60s and `70s with a colorful, psychedelic
style that has evolved over his career.
"After recently completing projects including painting a $167 million
Continental 777 airplane and designing a 500- by 80-foot stage for Woodstock `99, I have
landed back on earth and hooked up with NASCAR to paint the famous No. 3 car of Dale
Earnhardt," said Max. "I designed the car to look as if it was driven through
the waterfall of the Max color spectrum."
"For the last six years we have had a different look on the No. 3 car for The
Winston, said Earnhardt. "This is by far the most unique paint scheme we've done to
date. Peter Max has created some unique artwork over the years. I'm looking forward to
driving one of his creations to Victory Lane."
In the Race:
Earnhardt survives wrecks to
Dale Earnhardt didn't have one of the faster cars in
the 2000 Winston. He started the first segment in 12th, but wasn't able to move forward
any and finished 13th. Following the first segment, the top 12 cars were inverted. It was
a shame Dale finished 13th, because had he finished just one position higher (12th) he
would have been in first place after the top-12 were inverted.
into the second segment, Jeff Gordon got loose and spun in the turn. Steve Park slowed
down and Earnhardt ran into the back of Park while Park ran into Gordon. Dale had minor
damage to the front of his car from the crash. He made some pit stops and got most of the
damage to his nose smoothed out. He went on to finish 10th in that segment.
The final 10-lap segment involved a battle between Steve Park
and Joe Nemechek that ended in a multi-car accident. When the dust cleared Earnhardt was
running in fourth. When the race resumed Dale Jr. passed his dad Dale, Jerry Nadeau and
Dale Jarrett to win the race. The elder Earnhardt got by Nadeau to finish 3rd.
"I thought I could get up there and give Jarrett some
trouble, said Earnhardt. "I looked in my mirror and here this thing (No. 8 Budweiser
Monte Carlo) comes. He hit the wall back there and it looked like and got it running
better. We thought we were pretty good toward the end. We had wrecked our car up a little
bit. We kept adjusting on it and working on it. I was really surprised I was up there
racing. This red thing ran us down and I knew I just needed to let him go on. I thought I
could go up there with him, but I couldn't. We don't seem to have any luck with the paint
schemes. We're coming with a black car next year, I'll guarantee you. I wish we could have
been up there with him tonight. The Pennzoil car ran good tonight. The Budweiser car won
the race and the Goodwrench car ran good. We're happy."
Earnhardt family had a special day_5/22
Make no doubt about it, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has no problem living
in his fathers shadow. Some days, he prefers things that way. Full Story.
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