Logano’s 2021 Darlington Raceway “Throwback” celebrates Mario Andretti’s 1st F1 win (Update)

Added video below of Joey Logano and Mario Andretti talking about the throwback paint scheme.

Premiered on NASCAR Race Hub April 8, 2021. Mario Andretti surprised Joey Logano with his throwback paint scheme at Darlington.

April 9, 2021 

On Thursday night, Joey Logano was making his usual co-hosting appearance on FOX Sports 1 “Race Hub” when a special guest popped in to give him a surprise reveal of the “Throwback” scheme he will be carrying on his No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Team Penske Ford Mustang in the May 9th NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway.

Legendary driver Mario Andretti dropped in to reveal the scheme to a surprised Logano, who had not seen the car or known about the tie to Andretti beforehand.

Mario Andretti on his way to winning 1971 South African GP

The special scheme for this year’s “Throwback Weekend” at Darlington mimics the Shell-sponsored Ferrari design that Mario drove to his first Formula One win in 1971 at the Kyalami track in South Africa – 50 years ago.  Andretti would go on to win 12 total F1 races including the 1978 World Championship.

Andretti, a current Shell multi-retail store owner in California, first crossed paths with Roger Penske at an IndyCar rookie test in the late 1960s.   Penske was giving up the driver’s seat to run his team and car business while Andretti’s career was just beginning to take shape.

A few years ago, Mario sent a special message and congratulations to Joey Logano following his 2015 Daytona 500 win and told him “it was about time another Italian won that race!”   Mario won the 1967 Daytona 500.

Shell featured more prominently on Andretti’s Ferrari 312B2 later in 1971 at the German GP at the Nurburgring
Andretti winning the Questor GP doubleheader in 1971 at Ontario Motor Speedway, beating Jackie Stewart twice
Mario Andretti gets air in 1971 German GP at The Nurburgring
Mario Andretti in the Ferrari at Monza in 1972
Mario Andretti finished 7th in the Italian GP at Monza in 1972 this time driving the #3 car