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Tyler Reddick’s scheme shows iconic Jordan image

NASCAR returns to the Windy City this weekend for the 2024 Chicago Street Race, with Cup Series drivers starting their engines on Sunday.

One of the drivers, Tyler Reddick in the No. 45 Toyota Camry, will pay tribute to perhaps the greatest athlete in the history of professional sports in Chicago – who also happens to own the team Reddick drives for.

Reddick’s paint job for Sunday’s contest features purple splattered on the roof and a young, dunking Michael Jordan on the sides and hood of the car. It’s taken from the iconic 1985 poster – which shows Jordan in his signature Jumpman pose – dunking over the Chicago skyline at sunset.

The image was part of Nike’s marketing campaign for the original Air Jordan sneakers. The silhouette of Jordan in this photo later became the Jumpman logo.

Among other business ventures, Jordan co-owns the 23XI Racing team, which he runs with Denny Hamlin and for which Reddick and Bubba Wallace compete in the top NASCAR league. Former 23XI Racing driver Kurt Busch also once drove with a cool Jordan-inspired design.

Reddick’s usual paint scheme is based on his primary sponsor Monster Energy, while the Jumpman logo is typically seen on the passenger rear panel.

But this week, Reddick’s car is all Jordan. Fitting for a race in Chicago.

Reddick finished 28th in Chicago last year, but has performed exceptionally well lately, finishing in the top 10 in five of his last six races and winning at Talladega in April.