Richard Petty’s No.43 Pontiac Grand Prix used during his 200th NASCAR Cup series victory has been named one of the “101 Objects That Made America” by Smithsonian Magazine and is featured in its November issue.
The Smithsonian sourced more than 137 million artifacts in 19 museums to come up with its list, which includes the bald eagle, Discovery Space Shuttle, the Model T, the Barbie doll and a U.S. Olympic hockey team jersey.
“I just think the fact that it’s the Smithsonian and they had all these pieces of history or objects to look at and they picked our car is what makes it special,” Petty said.
Writer Jeff MacGregor points out that the “genius of this car lies not in what it is, but in what it did.”
Petty’s 1984 victory in Daytona Beach, Fla., was accomplished with then-President Ronald Reagan in attendance.
To find the complete list or read more, visit Smithsonian.com.
During his 15 years in F-1, Coughlan was a chief designer with teams such as Arrows, Benetton, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams; earning more than 20 victories. Coughlan also has NASCAR experience, having worked with Michael Waltrip Racing during late 2010 and early 2011.
“I feel with the increased technical focus of the Sprint Cup Series and the direction that the sport is moving, it makes a perfect fit for me,” Coughlan said.
“We at NTS Motorsports appreciate everything Ron has done this year to help build NTS Motorsports in its first year competing at the national level in NASCAR,” said team owner Bob Newberry. “Ron has been a great asset to our organization and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
1. Jimmie Johnson enters the final two races with a seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth and will start from the pole.
2. Jeff Burton will make his 1,000 start in NASCAR’s three national series. His first start came during 1988 in what now is the Nationwide Series.
3. Kevin Harvick won this race a year ago and is the only other driver in the Cup series with a plausible chance to catch Johnson and Kenseth.
Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth