Three new paint schemes for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series contenders were shown off Monday.
First to break cover was a revised scheme for Hendrick Motorsports’ Hooters No. 9 Chevrolet of Chase Elliott. The restaurant brand will be the primary sponsor of the No. 9 for three races per season from 2019-2021.
Next came a pair of new schemes from Joe Gibbs Racing. First was a revised FedEx livery for the No. 11 Toyota of Denny Hamlin, featuring a lot more white
“Typically it’s either been all purple, kind of all black with a little bit of color, but bringing back the white, something we haven’t had on the FedEx car since the inaugural season; it’s awesome,” Hamlin said. “I like white race cars — just very clean. And then when you add in the purple and the orange, it’s a great combination and it’s a car that will be easily seen on the racetrack, no doubt.”
Finally, JGR showed off its Daytona 500 paint scheme for the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota of Kyle Busch, promoting the candy brand’s new line of chocolate bars. The scheme will run at four races this season.
All JGR teams will run a special sticker to honor the company’s former president and co-chairman J.D. Gibbs, who passed away on Jan. 11.
The NASCAR season gets under way at Daytona next month, with the Advance Auto Parts Clash set for Sunday, February 10 and the Daytona 500 following on Sunday, February 17.