The 2016 season welcomed the return of the 2015 Silver Sweep design, marking its second consecutive year serving as the primary livery on Jimmie Johnson's Lowe's No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS. 2016 also marked the return of Jimmie Johnson's signature neon yellow numbers sported on the roof and door panels, the bright color is an ode back to the 2000s. In this 2016 season, special paint scheme liveries included Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which ran at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Lowe's Red Vest (employee recognition program) which made its appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lowe's Throwback commemorating NASCAR legends Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson, which ran at the infamous Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. The 10th annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation paint scheme also debuted at Watkins Glen International adorned with its celebratory silver and ribbon-like bands colored in an array of bright blues [See this No. 48 livery in Jimme Johnson Foundation Case Studies (coming soon)].


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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products joined forces with Hendrick Motorsports' No. 48 and 88 to promote the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Both the Superman (No. 48) and Batman (No. 88) paint schemes relate to the look and feel of the superhero suits used in the film [See No. 88 livery in Nationwide Case Studies]. The glow around the front headlights represent the colored eyes of both superheroes (Superman: red, Batman: teal) and both paint schemes also share the same cape graphic with the appropriate color. The main idea from a design perspective is to have both paint schemes represent the primary superheroes of the film—bringing the battle from the screen to the track.

Lowe's Throwback

This throwback paint scheme featured on the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet pays tribute to a pair of former series champions and NASCAR Hall of Fame members. Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports entry carried a familiar blue and yellow scheme reminiscent of the colors associated with Dale Earnhardt in which he captured rookie of the year honors for NASCAR's premier series in 1979 and the first of his seven series championships a year later. Earnhardt drove for team owner Rod Osterlund at that time. Earnhardt did not compete in the '79 Southern 500, the fourth and final race of the season he was forced to miss due to injuries sustained in a hard crash earlier that season at Pocono Raceway. Subbing for the team in those four events was three-time NASCAR premier series champion and Hall of Fame member David Pearson. Pearson finished second at Talladega, fourth at Michigan and seventh at Bristol before putting the team in victory lane at Darlington Raceway. It was his ninth title at Darlington, long considered the series' most difficult track to master, and his third in the Labor Day classic. Earnhardt's nine Darlington wins are second only to Pearson's 10; he also won three Southern 500 titles. Lowe's Home Improvement, longtime sponsor of Johnson and the No. 48 HMS team, has a tie-in as well, providing funding for the No. 2 entry at Talladega in '79.

Lowe's Red Vest