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A Study in Red, White, and Blue: Patriotic Racing Liveries

As Americans, there are a number of forces that divide us. These may include political ideology, religious beliefs, social status, upbringing, geographic location, or our own opinions on pressing issues. However, many of us are united by national pride, and the belief that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.

The stars and stripes, and the display of the colors red, white, and blue, fill us with a sense of Patriotism, particularly around this time of year when we celebrate Independence Day.

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, lets take a look back at a few race cars that really put the spotlight on the red, white, and blue.

 dale-earnhardt-1996The Intimidator, Dale Earnhardt, celebrating the 1996 Olympic Games being held on U.S. soil.

RossiUSGP8Alexander Rossi, the only American driver participating in the 2015 U.S. Grand Prix at COTA

alexbarron1999Alex Barron with Dan Gurney’s All American Racers in 1999

KeselowskiKY2014sNASCAR Champ, Brad Keselowski, prefers the American flag to the checkered flag on his victory lap. 

2016INDYdalyIndiana native, Conor Daly, proudly displayed the stars and stripes at Indianapolis in 2016

Evel-KnievelA true icon of 1960s-1970s American culture who was as patriotic as they come: Evel Knievel

1991Daytona50076With the U.S. Involved in the Gulf war, NASCAR honored the military at the 1991 Daytona 500.

Penske-1975_3The most-recent U.S.-based team to win in F1 was owned by Roger Penske

2000DaleJarrettIn 2000, Dale Jarrett won his second Daytona 500 with this all-American livery. 

D1402DISS19219SAAIn 2014, NASCAR’s most popular driver took the National Guard colors to victory lane in Daytona.

EagleVegamaybeckJim Maybeck took on the NHRA quarter-mile in the 1970s with the ‘Screaming Eagle”  

andretti-Mclaren1993With the distinction as the only American in F1, Michael Andretti added the flag to his helmet in 1993

070414_NASCAR_Patriotic4_PI_JP.vnocropresize.940.529.medium.43Racing just eleven days after the events of 9/11, the NASCAR grid was full of patriotic liveries at Dover Downs in 2001. 

jimmyvasser2003SpiritIn 2003, Jimmy Vasser proudly ran the American Spirit entry in the ChampCar Series

PenskeJavelinRoger Penske’s AMC Javelins were the class of the field in the Trans Am Series in the 1970s

kharvickKevin Harvick sported this patriotic livery at the Coke Zero 400 in 2013

JR Hildebrand196-lgCalifornia-born J.R. Hildebrand proudly drove the National Guard car in IndyCar from 2011-2013.

Holt_launchGreg Holt’s turbocharged Corvette at the 2005 Summer Nationals

red-white-and-blue-bicycle-carIt doesn’t really matter what you drive,

Happy Independence Day Race Fans!

   

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