Sam Bass, legendary NASCAR artist, dies at 57

Published On February 16, 2019 | By John Haverlin | News, Top Posts

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Sam Bass, the creator of countless famous NASCAR car paint schemes, died Saturday at age 57.

The announcement was shared from Bass’ social media accounts by a family member.

Bass was the artist of some of the sport’s most legendary designs, including Jeff Gordon’s “Rainbow Warrior” car, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first Cup Series car, Jimmie Johnson’s first Lowe’s car, and Tony Stewart’s Home Depot car.

Editor’s note: I interviewed Bass for a profile piece in 2016. You can read more about his life here.

Photo: Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images 

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— a Long Island, New York native, is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he studied communication and journalism. Since 2013, he has covered auto racing’s various forms, including NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1, IMSA, and Formula E. During his downtime, he likes to play his Les Paul guitar, hit the golf course and watch the New York Mets.

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