Is it Indy 500 time already? Let’s take a look into the one off cars and other livery changes for the cars that qualified for the great race.
A. J. Foyt Enterprises with Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi
#33 James Davison
A really basic, plain livery for the cousin of Supercars racers Alex & Will, who has finished each of the last 3 Indy 500s, although not quite close to the front. Not a whole lot to say, just a nice red colour, but no flashy design or excitement to attribute to it.
#25 Stefan Wilson
Stefan will be driving a nice blue, silver and orange variation of the Andretti livery. All the colours work well together, although the logo, albeit a good cause, is a little unsightly on the sidepod.
#26 Zach Veach
This is a colour combination I can’t remember seeing on a racing car before. The yellow in this configuration immediately makes me think of RHR’s DHL car, but the bright orange definitely makes it its own car. It could have used a little more black to break up the orange/yellow, as they are almost too similar a hue to have entirely side by side like that.
#29 Carlos Muñoz
Carlos adopts the colours Marco started the year with, in a two tone livery that actually stands out pretty well. Ruoff’s teal colour is unique and actually blends well with the shade of blue used on the rest of the car. The design is simple, but a more complexity could have thrown the balance off entirely
Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian
#98 Marco Andretti
Speaking of Marco, he’s got some very basic colours in red, black and white. They are hard to screw up and they haven’t at all here, working well in the Andretti design, but it isn’t very memorable.
#23 Charlie Kimball
Kimball is pushing another Insulin brand for the 500 this year, bringing with it a lovely livery. The blue is very dark and close to teal, but is very reflective and looks fantastic when in shining in the sunlight. The design itself is quite complex, with yellow bordered white section filling in the major panels of the car, and the blue whisping between them nicely. Perhaps not bordering the white with yellow would have looked nicer overall, as it does on the nose and engine cover, but still a well worked design overall.
Dale Coyne Racing
#19 Zachary Claman DeMelo
Zach was not meant to take part in the 500, but caught a lucky break when Pietro Fittipaldi was unfortunately injured in a WEC race earlier this month. He takes to the brickyard in a rather simplified version of the livery he started the season with. Whilst the unique mint colour was interesting, the overall combination of colours was not so cohesive, and simplifying to a classic red, white and blue and worked wonders. That said, it is a little too simple. A bit too much white space, but clean is good.
Dale Coyne Racing dba Thom Burns Racing
#17 Conor Daly
Daly is driving with US Air Force sponsorship and as above, using a classic red, white and blue livery. However, this is a tribute to the USAF Thunderbirds, and does a great job to mimic the livery that adorns the planes. I’d have liked to see the stripes on the nose curve over the nose, rather than spike up the side to better represent the actual design, but apart from that, it is a solid representation.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
#24 Sage Karam
This is a neat design. We’ve got jet black accompanied by two very bright secondary colours in orange and green. I initially thought of the old Toyota F1 tear design, but then was reminded of the of one time HRT F1 sponsor KH-7, so that’s what I’ll be thinking of on Sunday. That said, it works very well, epscially with the smaller green section really complementing and popping with the livery overall.
#66 J.R. Hildebrand
Another great combination of colours on Hildebrand’s car, making use of light and dark blue, accompanied by orange and white. The SalesForce logo is integrated perfectly into the design and whilst using just about the same colours as the Gabby Chaves car, does a slightly better job.
Ed Carpenter Racing
#13 Danica Patrick
Danica is back with Go Daddy once again, this time bringing an almost entirely fluro-green car to the brickyard. It’s very simple but works well as it isn’t cluttered with lots of little sponsors as Davison’s car is above. The black section at the bottom is a nice way to add some volume to the livery, but I’m not a big fan of the magenta line splitting the two colours – could have been better without as a clean two-tone livery.
#21 Spencer Pigot
It’s a classic Ed Carpenter livery for Pigot, with a blue and white Preferred Freezer Services design. It’s a lovely shade of blue with a minimalistic design incorporating white sparingly.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with AFS Racing
#7 Jay Howard
The Schmidt Peterson theme is respected on this car, using a nice emerald green to go with the purple, red and hold of the other cars, although the latter won’t be racing! The reflective green works well with the black and the flashes on top of the sidepod are also a nice touch, possibly looking nicer in green than on other cars.
Scuderia Corsa with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
#64 Oriol Servià
Servià probably had one of the most boring liveries of the 500 last year, and while this isn’t the most complex design of all time, it’s a significant improvement. It’s only two tone, but getting rid of the yellow does wonders. The single red stripe from the rear, wrapping around the nose is wonderful and is complemented well by by the second line on the contour of the sidepod. Super clean and looking good despite some empty white space.
#1 Josef Newgarden
Newgarden’s livery is now the same as Power’s, with the red stripe replaced for a black one. Very nice, but lucking the punch that the red version does.
#3 Hélio Castroneves
Not the first time Castroneves has raced in this livery, but the design has been updated to fit the new IndyCar chasis. If anything it’s an improvement, but can’t see myself giving 5 stars so easily today! Lovely livery, with the helmet completing the look.