Blake Koch shows off custom scheme at Charlotte test
CONCORD, N.C. -- Last month, Harrison Burton revealed a new paint scheme for his K&N Pro Series East ride that puts his car number on the rear quarter panels and the primary sponsor loud and proud on each door panel.
Someone at Kaulig Racing was on the same wave length.
When Burton’s announcement was made on April 6, a car with a similar look was already sitting on the shop floor of the team in the Xfinity Series. Driver Blake Koch had his own reveal Monday night on Twitter.
This is the first year K&N teams have been allowed to use the new number layout. NASCAR updated its rulebook for the series on March 9 with a bulletin allowing numbers and other forms of identification to be on the quarter panels. The format is also permitted in the Canadian-based Pinty’s Series.
The custom look for Koch’s No. 11 Chevrolet was made specifically for Tuesday’s Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series test at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The black car with sponsor Leaf Filter on each side stood out among other cars which paced the track in either plain black or gray or the car’s normal paint scheme.
"(General manager and crew chief) Chris Rice sent me a picture of that design before Harrison Burton announced his paint scheme,” Koch told NBC Sports between test runs Tuesday. “I really like Harrison’s. Anything you can do to make your sponsor bigger on the car is a plus.”
Kaulig Racing didn’t have to get any permission from NASCAR to have fun with its paint scheme for Tuesday.
“I’m not too sure NASCAR is ready to go to this style change yet,” Koch said. “But you never know. In the future, I think it’s great to be able to have the sponsor big. And it looks cool for our test car. Just something a little bit different to grab some attention on social media.”