Livery Round-Up – 2017 IndyCar Field

The IndyCar season crept up on me this year! With all the hype around Formula 1’s 2017 regulations and livery launches, IndyCar personally flew under the radar, so when I heard round one was upon us, I was super keen to have proper racing back!

There have been some big changes over the winter with drivers switching teams and teams switching manufacturers, but there hasn’t been too much movement in the livery space, especially when compared to F1. Either way, here’s what we’ve got for the new season.

A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#4 Connor Daly & #14 Carlos Muñoz

AJ Foyt

As mentioned above, there haven’t been many radical livery changes amongst the teams in 2017. Two new drivers this year but ABC remains with A.J. Foyt Enterprises and therefore, so does the livery. It’s still a good livery, but being unchanged for the 6th straight season, it gains some boredom points. It’s great to have loyal sponsors, but it’s time for an evolution!

★★★☆

 

Andretti Autosport

#26 Takuma Sato

Andretti Sato 1

Whilst Andretti have kept the same blanket design for all four cars again this year, it’s new colours on the #26 with the incoming Sato, bringing with him Panasonic backing. Unsurprisingly it’s blue and white and flashes of red. Not the strongest colour combination, but not bad either. Looks a little empty on the sidepods though.

★★☆

 

#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Hunter 2

Unchanged livery here, leading to an unchanged rating. Still a great look with the DHL yellow and red, with the Andretti silver tip nose working especially well with the #28. Could be spectacular with a design spruce up, but instead remains simply above average.

★★★☆

 

#27 Marco Andretti

Andretti Andretti

Now this livery takes some liberties that drastically improve on the base design. The red, white and yellow work very well together, and it’s great to see red used on both the engine cover and sidepods. Having white on the sidepods, as the design dictates on the others, would’ve led to a very plain car. The red section on the side of the nose adds some nice colour to an otherwise empty space, and the use of the three colours on different wing elements is simple, yet terrific.

★★★★

 

#98 Alexander Rossi

Andretti Rossi

I guess NAPA were pretty happy with Rossi’s Indy 500 win as they’re back on the #98 in 2017. I’m glad for this, as the blue, yellow and flashes of red make for a great colour combination, that works very well with the Andretti design. What helps this car is the NAPA logo, which in being re-worked this year, has turned into a design element of its own, filling up the sidepod with some more lovely yellow. A little annoying that the red is pinstriped along the cockpit, but that’s just my personal, nitpicky opinion.

★★★☆

 

Chip Ganassi Racing

Liveries aside, Chip Ganassi made the bold move of switching from Chevy to Honda. Most people thought this was a crazy move, considering Honda’s inferior performance in 2016, but the decision has seemingly paid off, with great results all round at St. Petersburg.

#8 Max Chilton

Chip Chilton 2

This was one of my favourite liveries of 2016 and I have to say I still like it a lot. The multiple shades of blue go very well with the white and are placed slightly differently in 2017. This is most notable on the nose, where a large navy blue section replaces the sky blue stripes, bringing with it a far stronger contrast. The engine cover has also changed, with a larger logo bringing with it an equally large section of sky blue. A great evolution of the 2016 livery.

★★★★☆

#9 Scott Dixon

Chip Dixon 2

For the first time in their history, Chip Ganassi Racing will not have Target backing on any of their cars, a partnership lasting since the very beginning, in 1990. Therefore, it’s going to take a while getting used to Scott Dixon’s new livery. The GE Lighting and NTT Data sponsored car is mainly blue, with secondary light blue and orange sections. These secondary design sections flow in opposite directions and to my annoyance, overlap. It isn’t that big a deal, but gives it an odd look. Interesting too is the choice of the main colour, azure blue, being fairly similar to Kanaan’s car, but also quite odd and unique in its own right.

★★★

 

#10 Tony Kanaan

Chip Kanaan

An almost identical effort to last year. A simple two tone effort that doesn’t offend, but also doesn’t excite. An above average mark again, although I don’t get the same visual pleasure I did last season.

★★★☆

 

#83 Charlie Kimball

Chip Kimball 1

Apparently I quite liked this livery last year, but the feeling has worn off. I’m just about sick of grey in Motorsport right about now, and the tennis ball green isn’t really doing anything for me either. The sharp and contrasting sections of yellow and grey are still nice, but I now dislike the faded stripes along the side. Removing them would leave a stronger overall livery, albeit slightly more simple and generic.

★★☆

 

Dale Coyne Racing

#18 Sébastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Bourdais

Who saw this coming? Bourdais moving to one of the weakest teams of 2016, bringing with him some old friends, and winning from the back of the grid. Incredible.

The livery design is unchanged and while it was one of my favourites last year, it isn’t quite as spectacular in this configuration. I do still love the red lines running along the side of the nose and the other red lines angled along the body. The black wings do a great job of contrasting with the majority white.

★★★★☆

#19 Ed Jones

Dale Coyne Jones

As above really. Identical to last season, although I prefer the Sonny’s car, which doesn’t include any blue. A different shade would have worked far better in this instance.

★★★

 

Ed Carpenter Racing

#20 Spencer Pigot/Ed Carpenter & #21 J.R. Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter

No major change to the Fuzzy’s livery this year. The deep metallic green still looks great and with some added gold along the cockpit, the combo overall is still pretty good.

★★★

 

Rahal Letterman Lanigan racing

#15 Graham Rahal

Rahal Rahal

No changes here either, but this is still a surprisingly nice livery. Again, just the Steak n Shake logo on the engine cover, with some black front and rear wing elements allowing this to be simple and yet not too boring. Nice shade of red too, which is important.

★★★☆

 

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#5 James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Hinch

The #5 machine retains its unique reflective gold for another season, paired with black alone this time (apart from the red flashes on the mirrors and airbox). Just some minor changes this year, which include the removal of white trimming between the black and gold, with the black creeping further up the nose, wrapping around the tip. This black section has gold either side of it which is nice, and no explosions behind the Arrow logo either, which I’m glad about. Definitely an improvement!

★★★★

 

#7 Mikhail Aleshin

After a generic design last season, Aleshin’s car has leapt into allure in 2016 . The design is exactly the same as Hinchcliffe’s, with the difference being way fewer sponsors, and of course the beautiful reflective red. It’s taken a while, but we’ve finally seen this lovely colour once more. While the lack of sponsors gives the livery an empty feeling, it does a great job in showcasing the chrome red, which I could look at for hours. Unfortunately, the black doesn’t pair as well as it does with the gold, so it’s a bit weaker overall than its counterpart.

★★★☆

 

Team Penske

To my dismay, Team Penske haven’t changed their livery design for 2017. We can only hope that we see some sponsors come in to push the design’s boundaries.

#1 Simon Pagenaud

Pesnke Pagenaud

Identical to last season. This is one of the better colour combinations though and looks good despite the tired design. We’ll inevitably see a number of sponsors and colours on this car (and the others) throughout the season.

★★★

 

#2 Josef Newgarden & #12 Will Power

With Montoya being relegated to an Indy only seat, Newgarden has come in off the back of an impressive 2016. This livery too has not changed, but the simplicity is quite stunning. The red line not wrapping around the very edge of the nose annoys me more on this car than the others, but this main attraction, the colour silver, is a more or less perfect shade for Motorsport.

★★★★

 

#3 Helio Castroneves

Penske Castroneves

So we end with Castroneves, who has finished top five in the championship for the last five seasons despite only winning five four races during this period. He flies under the radar but always does a solid job. Much like Helio, the #3 retains its no fuss 2016 livery, although this is the weakest of the three due to its standard, unimaginative colouring.

★★

 

So of the 18 liveries, only five are are significantly changed from last season, and really only Dixon’s car bears an entirely different design to 2016. A little disappointing for people as into liveries as I am, but happily there are still a number of very good looking cars on the grid.

 

Bonus Awards

Best Looker Award – Chilton & Bourdais

No five star liveries this year, but these two are great. Did I mention I love Chilton’s helmet?

Least Attractive Award – Castroneves

Those standard racing colours mixed with a nagger of a design.

Most Improved Award – Aleshin

It’s amazing what an interesting colour can do to a car. Oh, and little effort in design!

Biggest Nagger Award – Team Penske

As mentioned above, quite bored of this design and dislike it’s adaptation to different sponsors. Andretti do a far better job of this.

What Year Is It? Award – A.J Foyt Enterprises

6 years! Beautiful livery or not, you have to make some changes every now and this. This is Williams levels of perseverance, or perhaps stubbornness.

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Livery Round-Up – 2017 IndyCar Field

Round-Up – 2016 Indy 500 Field

The Indy 500 was run last Sunday and what a race it was! So unpredictable right to the end. If only it wasn’t on at a stupid hour in the morning over here so I could watch the whole thing live. Anyway, here are the many alternate and one-off liveries from the 500!

A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#35 Alex Tagliani

IndyCar Indy 500 Auto Racing

Not much to say about this one. Mainly black, with a red section along the side that increases in size from front to back. Some nice red flashes here and there, but then there are orange ones too which shouldn’t really be there.

★★

Andretti Autosport

#26 Carlos Muñoz

Munoz

A far better effort than the usual empty livery. Completely different colours in black and light blue, which go very well together. Interesting design that features a yolk over the cockpit which ends just before the nose number and goes toward the rear. It also juts out and carries along the top of the sidepods. The blue and black are split by a thin white pinstripe. He still has the Colombian flag on the front wing end plates, which surprisingly doesn’t match as well as on the other livery. Nice overall and gives and the colour scheme gives off a NEXTEV feel.

★★★★

 

#29 Townsend Bell

bell

This livery is odd. We have bright yellow on the top half, light grey on the sidepods and a blue stripey textured section on the side of the nose and front portion of the sidepods. A really odd choice of colours, seemingly due to the sponsors, but surely there was a better way to lay them out? As proven by HAAS F1, white would have worked better than light grey and the thin red lines separating all the colours only adds another colour to the already overflowing palette.

The very front of the nose, where the blue fades into the white on top is actually quite nice and if the livery was based around that, it would achieve a much higher rating. As it is, it looks like three liveries mashed into one and doesn’t work.

★☆

 

Andretti Herta Autosport

#98 Alexander Rossi

Rossi

What a story! A rookie winning the 500. Absolutely awesome. The livery wasn’t half bad either. Nice blue and yellow combo in the usual Andretti design, although the black Castrol section doesn’t work as well as it did on the black and white livery.

★★★

 

 

Dale Coyne Racing

#18 Conor Daly

Daly

As patriotic livery as you could expect for an Indy 500! The same great design as the other DCR cars, but with the added twist of an american flag fill on the nose and engine cover. As cheesy as it is, it works pretty well.

The downsides for me start at the different shades of blue, which don’t seem to match. Considering how well the greens on the other car work, I thought they’d manage to make it work on this one too. Secondly, apart from the reds on the flag and elsewhere not exactly matching either, the flag design is placed on the car oddly, so it looks like it cuts into the normal red lines. Perhaps its just how it was done on this occasion and looks a little better here, but it’s a little off putting. Still appealing overall, without looking too closely at the details.

Also has to be noted that Daly’s usual livery was seemingly transferred to Brian Clauson.

★★☆

#63 Pippa Mann

Mann

A little cliche perhaps to see the only woman in the field in a pink car, but the main sponsor in a breast cancer organisation is a great cause, so I can’t fault the choice. It’s actually a little refreshing to see this colour, since it’s very rare to see pink in any form of motorsport. The design is the same as the other Coyne cars, but is a little empty on the engine cover.

★★★☆

 

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

#24 Sage Karam

Karam

This reminds me a lot of Pagenaud’s HP livery. Similar design with similar colours although you can’t confuse the big GasMonkey logo on the sidpod. Quite basic, surely they could have put a little more of that green on the car to help it stand out a bit more?

★★

 

Ed Carpenter Racing

#6 J.R. Hildebrand

Hildebrand

Not too plain for a white car. The dark blue accents look nice against the bright white, especially on the wings. The line along the nose is actually the same design as on Carpenter’s car, but works better with this colour combo and no outline. Really liking that shade of slightly metallic blue.

★★★★☆

#21 Josef Newgarden

Newgarden

This is the same design as Hildebrand’s car with the colours inverted and a few different sponsors. Looks just as good, although I think the dark accents on the light background work a little better. Perhaps white wings could have completed the look.

★★★★

 

KVSH Racing

#25 Stefan Wilson

Wilson

This one is a little strange. Too many colours that don’t match I’m afraid. Yellow, orange, green and blue all on the same car? You’d be hard pressed to find a livery designer to make those look good, especially in those shades. The design itself isn’t groundbreaking, but feels kind of traditional IndyCar in a way (if you disregard the colours). Just unusual and unpleasant.

 

Lazier Burns Racing

#4 Buddy Lazier

Lazier

A low key effort here. Mainly white with some bright red along the bottom half, sweeping onto the nose and the rear wing. It has a black pinstripe following that section, as well as some yellow on the mirrors and T-cam. Kinda forgettable.

★★

 

PIRTEK Team Murray

#61 Matthew Brabham

Brabham

Pirtek often lends itself to great liveries and this one is up there. IT’s a dark blue with black on the top, split nicely with a darker shade of red than I’d usually expect from a Pirtek livery. It’s simple, clean, has some nice colour trimming on the endplates and mirrors and is generally pleasing to look at. Missing something to make it incredible, but a very good effort nonetheless.

★★★★

 

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#16 Spencer Pigot

Pigot

I like this colour combination, as I’ve mentioned before when referring to earlier Hunter-Reay DHL liveries. This one is simple, but it’s a pleasant yellow and split nicely from the white with a thin black line. May have looked nicer if the white section had gone all the way behind the cockpit rather than cut through it, but overall it’s a simple, neat livery.

★★★

 

Schmidt Peterson Motorsport

#7 Mikhail Aleshin

Aleshin

How many video game sponsored liveries have there been in world motorsport? Can’t name any off the top of my head, so it’s pretty neat to see SPM pull sponsorship from the new Doom game, the original of which I spent many hours on. It’s mostly black, and features a character surrounded by explosions in front of and surrounding the cockpit. I’ve never been a big fan of “images” being stuck on a car, but it doesn’t look so bad here.

I do wish they’d used a yellow or amber instead of red for the accents, to match the explosions for some colour. The rest is black and a little empty, and could have probably used a little more of that yellow/orange in one form or another.

★★

 

#77 Oriol Servià

Servia

Well this is a bit of a lazy effort. Plain white with sponsors in multiple colours. A bit of uniformity would have gone a long way on this one. Ugh.

 

 

Team Penske

#3 Hélio Castroneves

IndyCar Indy 500 Auto Racing

This is an identical livery to Pagenaud’s Menards livery, but with a different sponsor in Pennzoil, and a far more natural yellow. This is in fact a brilliant throwback to Rick Mears’ Penske machines that ran in the 1983 Indy 500. I’ve gone over the design before, but this colour takes it it another level. Really classy and despite taking its inspiration from a car three decades old, has been transferred to this a modern day IndyCar brilliantly.

★★★★★

 

 

Round-Up – 2016 Indy 500 Field

Round-Up – 2016 IndyCar Field

I’ve been meaning to do this since round one, but I never thought it would be so hard to find some decent high resolution IndyCar pictures! After waiting a few rounds and doing some digging, I think the time has finally come to belatedly go through the 2016 IndyCar liveries. With the Indy 500 around the corner (next week), the timing is perfect! Or perhaps the worst timing, considering there will be so many new cars and cars in altered liveries. Oh well!

Note: I’ve decided to not include the one or two off entries.

A.J Foyt Enterprises

ABC #14 Takuma Sato, #41 Jack Hawksworth

A.J Foyt Hawksworth

Looks like an unchanged livery this season for ABC cars and fair enough. It’s a pleasing sweeping design with just about equal parts of red, white and blue. How the design sweeps up from the rear, along the side of the cockpit and onto the sidepods is great use of the car’s own curves and looks organic, for lack of a better word.

★★★★☆

 

Andretti Autosport

#26 Carlos Munoz

Andretti Munoz

This is a basic, mainly red livery. The engine cover is white and this carries on past the cockpit and half way down the nose. This section is outlined by a white pinstripe but is begging for a big sponsor beneath Honda. There’s a generic looking design on the sidepod which at least fills up some space. The saving grace for this livery are the accents in the colours of the Colombian flag. These bits on the front wing end plates, mirrors, rear of the sidepod and edge of the engine cover help to spice up an otherwise ordinary livery. The white rear wing is also nicely bordered by the red end plates and the silver nose, which is across all the Andretti cars, matches well.

★★☆

 

Snapple #27 Marco Andretti

Andretti Andretti

The same design as Munos’ car, just with the yellow and blue colours of Snapple. Again, it’s kind of lacklustre, and despite not having the empty feel of Munoz’s livery, is disturbed by the variety of sponsor colours. I get a Sauber feel with this, in that the colours have great potential, but the design is too basic.

★★

 

DHL #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretty Hunter-Reay

The DHL car has always looked brilliant and although this isn’t the best design they’ve used, it does look good. The deep yellow is a fantastic colour and goes really well with the red. The sponsors all work well together, but there isn’t much else to say considering the main design is the same as the others. As you can tell by now all the Andretti livery designs are the same, which annoys me a little, but at least there’s a large variety in colours.

★★★☆

 

Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian

#98 Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Rossi

Obviously the same design as the other Andretti cars, but despite having just about the fewest sponsors, it doesn’t look the emptiest! These colours wear the design very well, with the black looking very classy and the white contrasting well as you’d imagine. I like how the winglets break up the solid black along the side. The black, almost speech bubble looking design behind the Castrol logo is a bit strange, but isn’t enough stop me thinking that this is a good livery.

★★★☆

 

Chip Ganassi Racing

Gallagher #8 Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Chilton

My type of livery this this. The top half is all white, with the bottom half all blue and is split nicely via an unbroken line, following the curves of the car from nose to exhaust. The blue seems to fade from a light to a dark shade going down the car, although that may just be the lighting in this image! There’s actually some light blue the sweeps along the split and onto the rear wing end plate that is subtly and well placed. The winglets and end plates are white which contrast well against the blue. Have to also mention that Chilton has a fantastic helmet. Clean and simple, unlike most helmets these days, and the claw marks and other accents have been painted blue tom match the car. Overall, clean, simple but well executed.

★★★★☆

 

Target #9 Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Dixon

Chip Ganassi and Target have had an incredibly long relationship, going back at least 25 years from my quick and very informal research. It makes sense then that this livery is a straight up throwback to the Chip Ganassi cars of the late 90s and early 2000s. Despite the cars’ evolution since then, the lightning bolt looks great on the modern IndyCar. The bright yellow, which is thinly outlined with black, goes well against the red base layer of the car and evokes instant nostalgia, even for someone who has only very recently started to watch IndyCar regularly.

The many ‘Targets’ of varying sizes placed along the side of the car are interesting, but look more strange than attractive. Part of me would prefer a regular Target logo, but another part of me appreciates the odd design choice. The sponsors are all uniform in white, which allow for the lightning bolt to stand out further. Nostalgia alone isn’t enough for me to love this livery.

★★★

 

NTT Data #10 Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Kanaan 2

Big change this season in that all the red has been removed, leaving a two tone blue and white car. It’s a great evolution, keeping the main sponsor looking fresh, rather than keeping the liveries looking too similar year on year. The colours work perfectly together, with a nice white rear wing, some neat flashes on the sidepods and white nose which tops it all off well.

★★★★

 

RaceWithInsuling.com #83 Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Kimball

This is a decent livery for me, but missing the wow factor. Charcoal is difficult to get right, but paired with a vibrant colour like this tennis ball green, it works well enough. The design kind of lets this one down though, with the thin grey lines over the green along the side not quite working, in my opinion. However, I think the livery may have been too plain without it, so it’s possibly the lesser of two evils. On the other hand, the grey on the top of the nose tip with the solid green on the sides looks great.

★★★☆

 

Dale Coyne Racing

Jonathan Byrd’s/Cancer Treatment Centres of America #88 Conor Daly

Dale Coyne Daly

Well there’s your wow factor! Where do I start? First up, it’s not often you see multiple shades of the same colour work so well on a livery. The dark and the light greens match and contrast beautifully. The design harks back to the Minardi M198  with its diagonal lines across the side. The diagonal design is interrupted on the engine cover, cutting sharply toward the rear wing. Here, the CTCA logo cuts over the green lines, but rather than look jarring, gives the tree a three dimensional look which actually works very well, whether intended or not. The top of the nose is covered in white and is split from the dark green by a thin line of light green. All the sponsors work well together, although I kind of wish the Jonathan Byrd’s logo was dark green rather than red. I also would like to see the wings in white or dark green but overall, I love it!

★★★★★

 

Scouting! #19 Luca Filippi

Daly Coyne Filippi

This livery has the same general (lovely) design as the one above, but with more common blue and red in place of the green, it’s missing a lot of charm. It also looks a lot emptier without the third colour to fill up some space and complete the design. However, the black wings work a lot better on this car and match nicely with the black wheel rims.

★★★★

 

Ed Carpenter Racing

Fuzzy’s #20 Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Carpenter

I do like the Fuzzy’s cars of the last few years, the metallic green looking awesome on the cars and being paired well with the gold. This livery is a little more basic, with just a single sliver of gold starting at the nose, widening as it almost reaches the rear wheels. This section is outline with white and although it adds something to the car, it looks a little generic and has a Need for Speed decal look to it. Perhaps a simple, all metallic green (shimmering beautifully in the sun here) with gold winglets and end plates would have sufficed.

★★★

 

Fuzzy’s #21 Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Newgarden

Mainly white here, with gold accents, which is different colour combination but works well together. In fact, the ‘white’ parts all over the car have a thick, brick like pattern in very light grey, which is quite interesting to look at. Whether a tribute to the Indianapolis Speedway or not, it sure is unique. The thin gold stripe along the side of the nose is a fantastic bit of minimalist design which adds some bold colour on top of a subtle and very unusual base design.

★★★☆

 

KVSH Racing

Hydroxycut #11  Sébastien Bourdais

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Talk about unusual designs! I’m not sure what this is meant to be, possibly a reptile with the face on the nose or some faux superhero armour? It’s probably staring me in the face but I’m not sure what it is. I don’t think it’s better than the green version from last year and certainly not as good as the designs before that either. It looks like an image printed onto the car which is most often a no-no for me. A little gimmicky and perhaps shouldn’t have been used for a second year, colour change or not.

★☆

 

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Steak ‘n Shake #15 Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Rahal

A pretty basic red livery here. The sponsor logo on the engine cover fills up a lot of space which would have otherwise made the car empty. Black is used well on the rear wing and winglets. It looks a little crowded with sponsors in some areas which detracts greatly from the livery. The slogan “Home of the Original Steakburger” uses a terrible font and whilst it’s no Comic Sans, it has no place on a racing livery. Brings down the livery by at least one star. That said, the black trimming on some areas of the car, for example on the front wing elements, is a great intricate touch.

★★★

 

#16 Spencer Pigot

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Pigot

Mostly red here, with the sidepods entirely in white.  It’s a nice way of splitting the colours, but the colours here don’t lend any excitement to the livery. Perhaps a darker shade or some metallic would have got this looking better than basic. The sponsors on this one are a little neater, but again everything is matching so no complaints there. I like how black is added on the wing, especially how all three colours are used on alternating front wing elements.

★★☆

 

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Arrow #5 James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Hinchcliffe

There are actually a couple of liveries that feature gold on the grid but you wouldn’t really mistake them for each other because they are so different. The Arrow car uses a chrome, super reflective gold, which is night and bright. This is kept only on the ‘top’ side of the car, separated from the black on the rest of the car by a clean white line, front nose to exhaust. Black wings are a great choice here. The only thing I don’t love is the explosion or whatever that is behind the Arrow logo, which looks unusual and makes the logo a little hard to read in the middle. Perhaps it would be OK if the logo were outlined.

★★★☆

 

#7 Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Aleshin

No main sponsor for the Russian unfortunately. You wouldn’t know it at a glance, but this livery has an almost identical design to the #5 car, but with the colours so drastically different, it disguises that fact very well. It differs in only a couple of areas that I can see, being the coloured wing end plates and the white stripe on the nose sweeping under the nose early, as opposed to ending at the tip. Russian colours perhaps at Mikhail’s request? Either way, it’s empty without much excitement, but it is clean.

★★

 

Team Penske

Verizon #2 Juan Pablo Montoya, #12 Will Power

Penske Power

Penske’s liveries were pretty annoying last season as you may already know. They were all the same OK livery with altered colours depending on the sponsor. It’s almost the same story this year, although it’s disguised much better.

The #12 and #12 cars are all silver. McLaren’s livery this season and last is a dull charcoal colour that I can’t enjoy. This livery is silver, just a few shades lighter than the McLaren and perhaps a little more metallic, and is awesome. That’s the difference that even small choices in colour or shades of colours can make to a livery. This livery is just as basic, with just the single red line wrapping around the nose and heading toward the rear. However, it looks good! Perhaps Mercedes need to take note. Less is more.

★★★★

 

Hitachi #3 Hélio Castroneves

Penske Castroneves

Can you see the conformant design yet? The added two tone colour design of this livery keeps it well hidden. This design looks a lot like last years, with white on the top, black on the bottom and a red line splitting the two. It’s fairly simple, but it looks good. I’m not too keen on the rear wing end plate design, but perhaps it’s because it is on the inside of the end plates too, where it should really be black. The red trimming on the very front of the front wing looks great. No complaints with this, especially since the #2 and #12 are a different colour altogether.

★★★

 

Hewlett Packard/PPG/Menards #22 Simon Pagenaud

Penske Pagenaud 1

So by now it should be obvious that the designs are the same. This and the #3 are identical, but for the red swapped with an interesting turquoise colour, which brings some brightness and a change from the very common red. It’s an unusual combo, but I like it, not for that reason alone.

Penske Pagenaud 2

Pagenaud has had a number of sponsor and therefore livery changes already, with the PPG livery back to more traditional blue and white. I think this one is better, mainly due to the third colour being dark, which complements the other two colours much better.

Penske Pagenaud 3

The other livery is this incredibly bright fluoro yellow effort sponsored by Menards. Telefonica and Deustche Post eat your heart out! Thankfully, this design is a little more unique than the others, in more than just colour. Rather than a single white line like the Verizon cars, there are two pinstripes, one red and one black, following the same course along the car. There is also a second above the Menards logo on the sidepod, which is great. Did I mention the whole thing is covered in blinding yellow?? I do like it though. It’s the most unique and the best of the bunch. Also, it’s noteworthy that Pagenaud has changed his helmet colours to match the car’s livery which I’m warming to, especially since the design stays the same. Nice touch.

★★★★☆ (Based on my favourite, the Menards livery)

 

Well that took far longer to complete than I anticipated! Some great looking liveries on the grid this season and a few extra tomorrow too. Which is your favourite?

Round-Up – 2016 IndyCar Field