Roof numbers are a critical part of a race car, helping to identify the car from the air, and to the aid of NASCAR and its spotters.
However, it appears that Bubba Wallace’s No. 23 Camry is racing with an upside-down roof number during Sunday’s race at Michigan.
Jaret Lundberg, known as The Iceberg on Youtube, caught the mistake, sending NASCAR Twitter into a frenzy of questions and jokes.
— Jaret Lundberg (@IceTitan80) August 22, 2021
Steve Luvender was able to snag a photo of the whole car, with the No. 23 reading as “EZ” instead.
wait are the 23 roof numbers upside down pic.twitter.com/hBAi4GAYvs
— Steve Luvender (@steveluvender) August 22, 2021
Interestingly, thanks to the clever design of the car, the french fry stripes still match the hood almost perfectly.
While likely just an installer’s mistake from the individuals who put the wrap together, it surely isn’t slowing down the No. 23 Camry on-track, with Bubba showing some great strength in Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400.
ʇsɐɟ oƃ ןןıʇs ɹɐɔ https://t.co/LSjjK4oESP
— 23XI Racing (@23XIRacing) August 22, 2021
Technically speaking, the car is in violation of the NASCAR Rulebook, Rule 7.6.e. The roof number must read from the driver’s side, and not the passenger’s side.
We doubt that NASCAR will issue any sport of penalty.