Paint Scheme Report: Phoenix International Raceway

PaintSchemeReportPhoenix International Raceway often produces some of the most exciting races each season. This time around, the Eliminator Round will conclude here, and could make for very intense competition. Teams showed up to the track this weekend with a hunger to succeed, and some neat paint schemes. Some teams are displaying patriotic colors for Veterans Day, while others are displaying unique looks, making for an interesting mix of schemes during the second to last race weekend of the year.

We’ll take a look at a few of the great looking cars and ones that could use a new paint-job in this week’s Paint Scheme Report.

The Good

Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet

Throwback paint schemes rock. Whether its for a sponsor or to honor a past driver, they always are some of my favorite. Most of the time, the design’s carefully planned out and appear great on the car. Harvick’s look for this weekend is no exception. The red blends perfectly with the wood-color, along with the letters having an old-school look to them. It would have been nice to see the No. 4’s style changed a little, but overall this is one of 2014’s best schemes.

Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Banfield Pet Hospital Toyota

A common theme in the Paint Scheme Report prevails here – blue always looks good. It typically doesn’t matter which shade is used as just about all of them look great. The darker blue chosen here fits perfectly with the pictures of Busch’s dogs (Kelly, Suzie, and Lucy) and the sponsor logo. Overall, the scheme is simple which always makes a car look great.

 Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet

This may be my favorite paint scheme of 2014. Patriotic schemes always seem to look good, but this one is on an even higher level. Instead of just having red, white, and blue stripes like fans typically see, they red is splattered on the side. This works great with the traditional use of white and blue to make for an awesome looking car. I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing Johnson run these colors as his primary scheme because the car just looks that good.

The Good Honorable Mention

There are so many great looking schemes this weekend that I had to show a few extra.

Erik Jones’ No. 20 GameStop Toyota  

A.J Allmendinger’s No. 47 Glad Trash Bags Chevrolet

The Bad

Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Target Chevrolet

Along with the good, there comes the bad. Only one scheme makes this week’s “The Bad” category. Larson’s schemes have bounced on both lists throughout the season, and this is my least favorite. Target’s staple colors are red and white and they are the ones typically found on the No. 42 car. However, this scheme goes against the normal look and is a swing and miss. Using a lighter and darker red never goes well and this is a classic example. Hopefully the primary red and white look returns for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


A new feature to Turn 4 Racing News, the “Paint Scheme Report” will depict which cars came to the track looking great and which ones did not. This social media driven report will use pictures found on twitter and discuss what’s great or not so great about the different schemes.


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