PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ NASCAR driver Austin Theriault’s car is sporting a Maine-themed paint job in the blue and white colors of the state’s flagship university.


The Fort Kent native’s car, unveiled Friday, features a lobster and a lighthouse on the driver’s side, and a moose, trees and blueberries on the other. The blue and white colors are those of the University of Maine Black Bears.

Theriault will drive the car on Sept. 20 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kentucky Speedway.

The state is spending $50,000 on the effort. Gov. Paul LePage is using $15,000 from his contingency fund and another $30,000 is coming from the state tourism budget.

The car was unveiled at events in Portland and Bangor. The governor’s office said they’re unveiling a “one-of-a-kind public-private marketing partnership.”

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