On Tuesday, Trackhouse Racing unveiled Nos. 1 and 99 Chevrolets that will honor the Earnhardt family legacy during NASCAR Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway.
The cars driven by Ross Chastain and Daniel Suárez will feature the same design used by Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the 1998 exhibition race at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, which marked the first time a father and son raced against one another.
2 NASCAR Hall of Famers, 1 iconic brand. The past and the present collide this weekend in Darlington.@CocaColaRacing | @DaleJr | @Daniel_SuarezG | @RossChastain pic.twitter.com/IIW9XIzyVx
— Trackhouse Racing (@TeamTrackhouse) May 3, 2022
“We wanted to do something that honors the legacy of the sport, recognizes our valued partners at Trackhouse Racing, and something that fans can get behind,” Trackhouse owner Justin Marks said in a team release. “We think this is the right combination marrying the history of the Earnhardts who are both Hall of Famers, acknowledging our support from Coke and Chevrolet, plus supporting the fans’ excitement for Throwback Weekend in Darlington.”
Flashback to 1998 – a @CocaCola favorite that continues to bring family together.
Thanks to @TeamTrackhouse, we'll be celebrating the iconic paint schemes back on the track for #NASCARThrowback.
— Coca-Cola Racing (@CocaColaRacing) May 3, 2022
There was a very positive reaction amongst NASCAR fans on social media to the historic car designs and tribute to the Earnhart family.
The Trackhouse throwbacks will bring back some Earnhardt memories …. https://t.co/QkqTj9bwnk
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 3, 2022
This is so damn sick and well thought out. Nicely done @TeamTrackhouse @JustinMarksTH https://t.co/6yUPtCI7gD
— B (@brandonsblog) May 3, 2022
What an honor it will be to roll off pit road @TooToughToTame in this iconic @CocaColaRacing paint scheme. https://t.co/JPr7aYwtgI
— Ross Chastain (@RossChastain) May 3, 2022
This is literally the epitome of what Throwback weekend is all about.
From the hype video to the cars, they NAILED it. So beautiful. https://t.co/JAlQPBgg86
— Seth Sharp (@SethSharp35) May 3, 2022
It’s an honor to amplify the first moment two legends raced against each other in a Cup Series car. And a father and son. https://t.co/ev2LnwQ77t
— Justin Marks (@JustinMarksTH) May 3, 2022
Winner of the weekend. Shut it down. Trackhouse wins. These are perfect. https://t.co/tG4soq5zv9
— The Circle Jerks Podcast (@CircleJerks_Pod) May 3, 2022
Dale Jr. finished ahead of his dad on that day in Japan driving the 1 car. We’ll see if history repeats itself this weekend in Darlington.
The big event of NASCAR Throwback Weekend is the Goodyear 400, which gets underway on Sunday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET.