Petty’s name is rarely seen or heard in the media today.
Maybe seven world championships, 200 victories on the track, and 127 pole positions throughout his time in NASCAR say it all.
Of course, we should not forget his presence in the top ten drivers 712 times.
If you are a fan of the Formula One world, I must say that Michael Schumacher, the legendary hero of many fans of this discipline, has not even won half of the honors of Richard Petty!
In the late 1950s, Petty began her career at NASCAR just 16 days after her 21st birthday.
He started his first race in New York.
A year later, in 1959, after nine appearances in the top ten drivers. He was also named the season’s rookie six times in the top five. He finished runner-up when he was still in NASCAR for three years. In 1964, he won nine championships with his Plymouth supercar.
Richard earned $ 114,000 from his first national race. By winning these titles, the young Richard strengthened the foundations of his dominance at NASCAR and gradually increased his prestige.
He won his third Daytona 500 title in 1971.
When he lifted the trophy, his name went down in history as the first driver to win the title three times.
He was also the first driver to earn more than $ 1 million a year.
This salary made Richard one of NASCAR’s most expensive drivers in the 1970s.
But it was not until 1972 that STP (Motor Oil Company) signed a 28-year contract to sponsor Petty.
It was then that the name of Richard Petty became famous all over the world with his blue car number 43.
This fame went so far that he became more famous as Petty blue than Richard Petty.
Richard has a memorable sentence: “If I knew I would not win, I would not participate.”
For many drivers today, this phrase still represents a man who has dedicated his entire life to drive.
This project of mine was designed to commemorate this legendary man. In the following, I would like to draw your attention to the process of this project.