Ryan Blaney’s #12 has a new advanced auto program
The Ford No. 12 Advance Auto Parts will have a different look during the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. Ryan Blaney’s Team Penske has a new black and yellow scheme to coincide with the introduction of the Gen 7 car.
The Penske team unveiled the new look on Saturday, January 15, with a reference to AC/DC. The #12 Ford features a black base with yellow and red Advance Auto Parts graphics. The bonnet has a huge gray and black checkered flag, marking a significant departure from past schemes.
Unlike the 2021 Advance Auto Parts programs in the 2021 season, the Gen 7 version does not have large stripes extending from the front of the stock car or curved stripes like the version Blaney drove for the trip to Darlington Raceway during the return weekend. Instead, the 2022 diet is simple and clean.
The Advance Auto Parts program is Blaney’s second to surface ahead of the 2022 season. Team Penske also revealed the Menards scheme he will use while chasing even more Cup Series wins and a return to the playoffs. .
Blaney had a strong performance with Advance Auto
None of Blaney’s trips to Victory Lane in 2021 featured Advance Auto Parts on the No. 12 Ford. He won two races with Body Armor and another with Menards. However, Blaney’s four races with Advance Auto have all been strong performances.
Blaney debuted an Advance Auto program during the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 29. He started third overall in the red and yellow No. 12 and survived the several wrecks that occurred over 250 laps before finishing eighth overall. His teammate, Joey Logano, won the race and secured a playoff spot.
Blaney has partnered with Advance Auto Parts for additional races at Darlington Raceway (May 9), Atlanta Motor Speedway (July 11) and Richmond Raceway (September 11). All three races were top-10 finishes, with his fifth-place finish in Atlanta being the best outing.
Advance Auto Parts unveiled the program at a special ceremony
While Team Penske provided a preview of the schematic on Twitter, Advance Auto Parts used a different method to reveal the black and yellow stock car. The partner unveiled the new scheme during a special ceremony at the Carolina Hurricanes game.
The NHL team hosted the Canucks on January 15 and invited two members of Team Penske to participate in NASCAR Day. Blaney and rookie Austin Cindric both headed to the PNC Arena, sounded the siren for the fans in attendance and appeared on the Bally Sports show as part of the crossover event.
Once the fans were in the building, the unveiling took place. A virtual version of Ford Advance Auto Parts moved across the ice, showing only the roof at first. The full version of the updated production car then appeared on the ice, providing the first full look at Blaney’s scheme.
The Hurricanes defended the PNC Arena in the pivotal NHL game. They beat the Canucks 4-1 and put together a packed schedule that includes the Bruins on Jan. 18, the Rangers on Jan. 21 and the Devils on Jan. 22.
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