Richard Petty Switches His Legendary No 43 To The New Chevy Camaro ZL1

More than sponsors, manufacturers, teams, or even drivers, stock cars are known by their numbers. 43 is among the most famous of them, and it’s switching to a new car next season.

Since its debut in 1954, Petty Enterprises’ No 43 has been worn by Dodges, Plymouths, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, and Fords. But next year it will be on the new Chevy Camaro ZL1.

The switch coincides with a new deal penned between Richard Petty Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing, whose ECR Engines department builds the Chevy powertrains for NASCAR and the United SportsCar Championship.

“This is our next chapter of Petty racing,” said team co-owner Richard Petty. “Chevrolet has been a consistent winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for a long time and we’re proud to be a part of the GM family again.”

Though traditionally sponsored by STP motor oils, this year the No 43 Camaro will be sponsored primarily by Click n’ Close mortgages. It’ll be driven by Darrel “Bubba” Wallace, Jr, who moves up full-time to the Monster Energy Cup this season after strong showings and race wins in lower-level competition.

Though perhaps best known for his long-running partnership with Plymouth, Petty’s switch to Chevy for next year is something of a homecoming. Together, Petty teams have won 31 Cup races under GM power, stretching way back to the first Daytona 500 that Lee Petty won in an Oldsmobile in 1959.

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  • Six_Tymes

    that looks pretty cool actually

  • Six Thousand Times

    NASCAR is the WWE of motorsport.


  • Tumbi Mtika

    Looks gross.

    Bring back STP.

    • Socarboy

      The days where STP can sponsor the Petty for an entire season are long gone. These days the long time sponsor associated with Petty Motorsports can only sponsor the car for a couple of races due to the high cost of logistics in running a Nascar team. The average cost to run a fully competitive team these days is between 25 to 30 million dollars annually per car number. In fact that is exactly why most teams have multiple primary sponsors as the sponsor-ships are are done per races and not seasons.