Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney got into the throwback spirit on Wednesday, revealing his special Darlington scheme for this year’s race live on NASCAR.com.
His father, Dave Blaney, was on hand for the unveil. To the elder Blaney’s surprise, the throwback look honors him.
Ryan Blaney revealed a sleek yellow-based No. 12 Ford that honors his father’s time with Jasper Motorsports from 2002-03, pulling off the cover to reveal the car with his father’s help.
“He doesn’t even know,” Ryan Blaney told NASCAR.com with a laugh just before the unveil. “I didn’t tell him anything. I actually haven’t even seen it. I can say it is our Darlington scheme, and it’s cool to have my dad here.”
In his two years in the No. 77 from 2002-03, Dave Blaney scored one top-five and nine top-10 finishes. His best finish was third at the spring Darlington race in 2003, when the “Track Too Tough To Tame” had two races on the schedule.
Dave Blaney also scored his first Busch Pole Award in the No. 77 car in February 2003 at Rockingham.
Ryan Blaney was 8 years old when his father began driving for Jasper Motorsports, and the bright yellow scheme clearly made an impact.
So did the racing itself, as the younger Blaney followed in his father’s footsteps and is in his third season as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at age 24.
Blaney currently is eighth in the standings in his first year with Team Penske. Blaney also hosts the Glass Case of Emotion on NASCAR digital and social channels, along with Kim Coon and Chuck Bush.
Ryan Blaney is the latest driver to reveal his scheme for the Labor Day Weekend race, which has taken on a throwback theme. Now in its fourth year, Darlington will celebrate “Seven Decades of NASCAR” this season in honor NASCAR’s 70th anniversary.
“It’s special,” Ryan Blaney added. “I’ve been able to run some really cool pain schemes and we were trying to figure out Darlington. We were trying to play with the Menards colors, and my dad’s Jasper car came up. I thought that would be awesome.”
As for the elder Blaney, he’s known for his reserved demeanor but offered this parting thought:
“It’ll look good in Victory Lane.”