Sam Bass was the first person ever to see Jeff Gordon's Rainbow car. As the original designer of the iconic paint scheme, he knew he had something really special when he finished drawing it out for the first time in the summer of 1992.
To commemorate the Rainbow Car's return for The Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bass recently got the chance to draw and paint the car again.
"When we decided to celebrate Jeff Gordon's final race at Bristol, we knew we wanted to have Sam do our cover art," said track President Jerry Caldwell. "He has painted numerous memorable covers for us since 1996. We thought the work he did on this one was especially creative, as it beautifully commemorates Jeff's stunning 22 year career here at Bristol."
The races at Bristol have always provided special subject matter for the artist, who has been coming to the track since 1974. This race has even more meaning.
"I am so honored to be able to paint the program cover artwork for the Bristol Night Race and the return of the Rainbow Car," said Bass. "The racing at Bristol is always electric, and Jeff has had an amazing career there. It will be awesome to see the Rainbow Car on the track again and all of the great Bristol fans cheering it on...it will bring back a lot of special memories for sure!"
Fans can purchase the commemorative program at Bristol Motor Speedway during race weekend or order one at GoSpeedwayWorld.com. Sam will be making appearances at Food City Family Race Nights in Knoxville and Bristol during race week. He will also be at the track, making him available to autograph programs for fans.
Additional details regarding appearance dates and times will be available on SamBass.com closer to the event.
For further information about Sam, the program cover and his art, visit SamBass.com or call the Sam Bass Gallery at 1-800-556-5464.