Cars And Drivers
The purpose of this page is two-fold. First, it serves to list all known winged car drivers and their cars. Most of the Aero Warriors site is geared toward information relating to NASCAR, as it was (and still is) by far the largest, richest and most prestigious stock car racing series. A discussion of winged cars would not be complete, however, without recognizing the drivers and cars that spent some or all of their careers in other than NASCAR events. Second, presenting all car and driver combinations in this concise format facilitates arriving at the total number of cars produced.
2. An assumption has been made for each of the drivers as to the total number of cars available for their use. The larger teams were known to have several winged cars in their stable, to allow for flexibility in their car set-ups and as insurance against accidents where a car was seriously damaged or destroyed. It is assumed here that these "factory" teams generally had two or three winged cars per driver over a season. A majority of the drivers, however, were independent and it is thought that they had only one car at any given time. These assumptions are the biggest determinant as to this table's final estimate of total cars produced, and unfortunately, may have a high likelihood of being erroneous.
3. For the purposes of this table, an individual car receives and maintains an identity because of its basic physical framework (i. e. chassis/roll cage). As such, although a particular chassis may wear different sheet metal, paint, numbers, and even have different car owners, it is considered one car for the purposes of this exercise. Of course, this "definition" of a car is rather arbitrary and at times less than perfect. For example, when is there so little left of a chassis/roll cage, due to major accidents and re-skinning, that the original car becomes another car, or does it ever?
4. It is likely that at least a few winged cars, after outliving their usefulness on the NASCAR tracks, were sold and relegated to duty on other circuits such as USAC and ARCA. This change of venue is generally harder to document than the sale of cars (as well as their re-skinning) within the NASCAR ranks. As such, the total number of cars shown here might well be inflated because one car may have been mistaken for more.
5. Numbers found in the "Used" categories with identical lower case letters or sets of letters are assumed to be the same car and are therefore included in the car total only once. As an example, Ramo Stott is listed five times in the table, because at one time or another his car carried each of the five numbers listed in the table. It is known that Ramo Stott actually had only one car, so even though there were five different numbers, there was still only one car. Each of the five entries in the "SuperBirds Used" column carries the same lower case letter, "s". As such, Ramo is credited in the SuperBird total with one car, as opposed to five if each of the five entries were included. Where different numbers have the same letters or sets of letters, the larger number is the one used in arriving at the car total. In the case of Petty Enterprises, Richard Petty was assumed to have three cars and Pete Hamilton two. Dan Gurney and Jim Paschal both drove Petty Enterprises cars in one race, and it is reasonable to believe that these cars were among the five credited to Petty and Hamilton. As such, they are not included in the count, although Hamilton's two cars are added to Richard's three to arrive at the total number of cars available to Petty Enterprises. This rarely discussed topic was touched upon very briefly by Mopar Muscle Magazine in their interview with Richard Petty in the February/March, 1993 issue:
"MM: When you were driving the SuperBird, how many cars did you have? RP: I think two. Pretty sure I had two.... Well, we had a third one but we crashed it at Darlington, so we wound up building another one."
Petty uses "I" initially when answering, but changes to "we" later in his response. This calls into question whether he was speaking about three cars for both his and Pete Hamilton's use, or whether he was speaking about cars built and set aside exclusively for his use. It is also unclear whether Petty and Hamilton ever rotated or swapped cars during the season.
6. N/A means "not applicable". A hyphen indicates that this information is not yet known by the author. A question mark indicates that there is some doubt about the correctness or completeness of the information.
7. Car owner names which are hyphenated indicate dual ownership, while car owner names with "&" indicate a succession of owners.
8. The table will be under continual updating as new information is gathered.