Nelson Piquet Jr. – son of (obviously) Piquet Sr., a three-time Formula 1 champion – currently races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series. Piquet and sponsor Alpinestars decided it would be cool to have the racer's Number 30 Chevrolet Silverado painted up by David Gwyther of Death Spray Customs ahead of the Charlotte round of the truck series.
The artist came up with a motif he calls "Heat Signature", and the livery was duly printed on vinyl and applied to Piquet's machine. We think it was one of the better liveries in recent NASCAR history, being instantly recognizable and suitably different while not being terribly gaudy. Just gaudy enough, in other words.
We'd love to tell you that the special paint job gave Piquet an extra few horsepower and the willpower to overcome some classic rubbing-is-racing-style adversity, but alas, the race ended for Piquet's Silverado after coming into contact with the wall in turn four. As is said in the video below, at least it looked good going out in a blaze of glory.