Livery Round-Up – 2018 Indy 500 Field

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

Davison 2018 Indy 500

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.

★☆

Andretti Autosport

#25 Stefan Wilson

Wilson 2018 Indy 500

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

Veach 2018 Indy 500

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

Munoz 2018 Indy 500

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

Andretti 2018 Indy 500

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.

★★★

Carlin

#23 Charlie Kimball

Kimball 2018 Indy 500

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

DeMelo 2018 Indy 500

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 2018 Indy 500

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

Karam 2018 Indy 500

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

Hildebrand 2018 Indy 500

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

Patrick 2018 Indy 500

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

Pigot 2018 Indy 500

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

Howard 2018 Indy 500

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

Servia 2018 Indy 500

Serv 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.

★★★

Team Penske

#1 Josef Newgarden

Newgarden 2018 Indy 500

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

AP INDYCAR INDY 500 AUTO RACING S CAR USA IN

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.

★★★★☆

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Livery Round-Up – 2018 Indy 500 Field

Round-Up – 2018 IndyCar Field

As with Supercars last week, let’s check out how the IndyCar field will line up in 2018. Also as with Supercars, I’m assuming half of these won’t apply for round two, but oh well.

A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#4 Matheus Leist & #14 Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt 2018 2

After four seasons with Chip Ganassi, TK has moved to A.J. Foyt racing and will form an all Brazilian team with Rookie Matheus Leist, who finished a strong 4th in Indy Lights last year. The livery on the perennially unsuccessful ABC car has remained the same once more, which would be more disappointing if the livery was poor.

AJ Foyt 2018 1

Thankfully it still looks OK, but what better time to try something new than with the introduction of the new chassis of the NEXT car.

★★★

Andretti Autosport

#26 Zach Veach

Andretti Veach 1

Zach Veach is another of a significant amount of rookies this season, and is driving for Andretti. Andretti Autosport have continued with the same team design this year, so it’s just a few colour changes to suit new sponsors, for example here with the #26, using charcoal, burnt orange (which was used well by Faraday in Formula E last year), and baby blue, which is very uncommon in Motorsport.

Andretti Veach 2

The burnt orange colour is for the corporate colours of Group One Thousand One, and wish there was more of it on the car rather than the charcoal. The baby blue is a bit of an odd touch, but works well enough and could have been more interesting with a greater presence on the car. However, not the most thrilling to look at.

★★☆

#27 Alexander Rossi

Andretti Rossi 1

Rossi came out of round one as the villain after the late race drama, but his car is near identical to St Pete last year. There is perhaps a slight pull back in the amount of red, but other than that, nothing of significance to report.

Andretti Rossi 2

Still a great colour combo though, so happy to see it retained.

★★★☆

#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Hunter-Reay 1

As above, it’s an unchanged livery for RHR, in his familiar DHL colours.

Andretti Hunter-Reay 2

Just a good colour combination. Bold and vibrant.

★★★☆

Andretti Herta Autosport with Cerb-Agajanian

#98 Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta Andretti 1

The colours which famously took Sato to the Indy 500 victory last year are back at Andretti thanks to Ruoff, this time for Marco. This time, however, the colour placement has been wiser, making the livery a lot more interesting. The colours have been inverted, so it’s blue that takes the section in front of the cockpit and engine cover, whilst also making the sidepods blue, leaving a nice white strip in the middle and through to the nose.

Andretti Herta Andretti 2

There are also some extra teal sections, most notably in front of the rear wheel and front wing endplate. These add some extra interest to what would otherwise be an attractive but slightly basic blue and white livery.

★★★☆

Carlin

#23 Charlie Kimball

Carlin Kimball 1

Kimball has moved on from Chip Ganassi, and has joined the new team Carlin, who have been racing in the junior Formulae for a number of years, as well as Indy Lights for the last three. The good news for us livery enthusiasts is that while Tresiba has followed Kimball across, significant improvements have been made! The most important change is that grey is gone, and has been replaced by a much darker charcoal colour. This is just a much more appealing shade on a racing car and works far better with the tennis ball green.

Carlin Kimball 2

Speaking of which, the green/yellow bits have also been improved. The multi shade stripes have stuck around but look much better in this variation. This pattern has also been used in the green only on the charcoal, which looks fantastic toward the rear.

★★★★

#59 Max Chilton

Carlin Chilton 2

Max Chilton has also moved to the new team, for which he raced in British F3 and Indy Lights. He has also retained his sponsor, however, the livery has not really improved. That isn’t to say it’s significantly worse, but it does have more of a generic, GP2 feel to it than the previous design.

Carlin Chilton 1

The shapes used are pleasing and follow the natural flow of the chassis well, but there’s a lot more silver on this occasion, and missing the light blue which was a nice element of the 2017 livery.

★★★★

Chip Ganassi Racing

#9 Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Dixon 1

As unbelievable as it sounds, Scott Dixon will race for Chip Ganassi for the 17th straight season in CART/Indycar in 2018, and only for the second time without a Target livery! PNC Bank has stepped in for NTT Data/GE this year and produced a deceptively simple design. It is in essence, a simple gradient from orange to blue to white. The gradient itself, however, is an intricate tessellated design at closer inspection.

Chip Ganassi Dixon 2

The distribution of colour is also good, and the addition of a couple of sharp lines, in front of the cockpit and on the shark fine, are a welcome touch to break up the abundant gradient theme.

★★★☆

#10 Ed Jones

Chip Ganassi Jones 1

Ed Jones has moved from Dale Coyne Racing, and while his livery is also simplistic, it takes a completely different approach. This livery is clean. The shade of blue is strong enough to not require a significant amount of any other colour and this is exploited well by the designer, with the only other colour being the dark blue in front of the cockpit, and the simple chrome silver stripe along the edge of the sidepod.

Chip Ganassi Jones 2

Following these lines works incredibly well, and the two tone nature of the car gives it an organic feel that any clean freak can appreciate. Less is more.

★★★★

Dale Coyne Racing

#19 Zachary Claman DeMelo & Pietro Fittipaldi

Dale Coyne Claman de Melo 1

Dale Coyne brings two rookies into the Championship this year, along with a very rarely used colour in what I can only describe as light green or mint. The design makes good use of the shape of the car for the top section, but annoyingly ignores it on the sidepod. They would have been better off using the #10 above as an example here for this section.

Dale Coyne Claman de Melo 2

That said, it is a fairly simple livery, with just two large swooping sections really, looking as though it was put together fairly quickly. The overall quality does suffer for this as does the combo of yellow, mint and grey.

★★☆

Dale Coyne Racing with Jimmy Vasser-Sullivan

#18 Sébastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Bourdais 1

Who’d have thought this guy would have won again in St Pete? He matched his 2017 result after coming back from that horrific Indy crash. Let’s hope this form can carry on for the rest of the season. Brand new livery for the #18 this year, moving away from the solid, simple livery to something a little busier.

Dale Coyne Bourdais 2

We have some very bright yellow, accompanied by black in a striped design akin to caution tape. It’s executed quite well so it doesn’t look tacky at all with the symmetrical design (apart from the rear wing annoyingly) designed purposefully. The face on the side of the nose is a nice touch too.

★★★★

Ed Carpenter Racing

#20 Jordan King & Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter King 1

Jordan King is another rookie in 2018, joining Ed Carpenter Racing, who have dropped what to me was a very recognisable green on the Fuzzy’s Vodka livery. This new colour scheme gives me Jack Daniel’s vibes, but in a good way.

Ed Carpenter King 2

Black almost always works well on simple liveries, and this is no exception. The small white sections are basic and lack any flare, but work well enough to at least this above average.

★★☆

#21 Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Pigot 1

The #21 of Spencer Pigot likely took no inspiration from, but has some striking similarities to the 2003 Minardi PS03. It’s actually scarily similar the more compare them. From the colour scheme overall (including the awkward green logos), to the diagonal shaped section along the side, to the white and red section on the side of the nose but not on top, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t even some unconscious influence in the design of this livery.

Ed Carpenter Pigot 2

That said, what an odd choice it would be to replicate, if that was indeed the case! It is a bang average design at the end of the day, but gets some super unexpected but strong nostalgia points, considering this was the first season I started watching F1 full time.

★★☆

Harding Racing

#88 Gabby Chaves

Harding Chaves 2

Precious little sponsorship on the #88 of Gabby Chaves, but Harding Racing have followed on from their 2017 Indy 500 effort in producing an interesting design given the opportunity. The colour theme has also carried through, with an nice cyan colour accompanied by a darker yellow or perhaps orange on this occasion. The ‘yolk’ in front of the cockpit is odd but works in filling up some space.

Harding Chaves 1

What helps this design stand out is the white striped section on top of the sidepods. They’re unique and look great, whilst filling up space which would have otherwise been left empty due to the lack of sponsors. Not exactly a stunner, but a strong livery overall, considering a lot of the time sponsors are what help a livery look great.

★★★☆

Juncos Racing

#32 René Binder & Kyle Kaiser

Juncos Binder 2

As with Harding, Juncos are in for a full season in 2018, and are bringing in two alternating rookies. The livery is exactly the same as last year’s Indy 500.

Juncos Binder 1

It’s an odd design with the orange bordering the green in some areas and not others, but the colour scheme is interesting at least. However, I do feel this is something I’ll get bored of very quickly.

★★

Michael Shank Racing with Schmidt Peterson

#60 Jack Harvey

Michael Shank Harvey 1

This Schmidt Peterson car is slightly out of order here, but definitely follows the team’s livery philosophy. Jack Harvey’s car (another rookie by the way) uses a chrome purple alongside black. Everything works with black so there’s no issue there, and the purple stands out in what is a very colourful grid.

Michael Shank Harvey 2

There are a lot of logos on this car however, cluttering it slightly and not allowing the colour to shine to its best ability. Hence I don’t feel it’s a strong as its sister liveries.

★★★

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#15 Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Rahal 1

Rahal has a solid first (likely of many) livery of the year. The blue used is deep and metallic, and is bordered by red, with the remainder of the car in white. It works well in a Compaq Williams sort of way, although this tries to follow the lines of the car slightly.

Rahal Letterman Rahal 2

The colour scheme is pretty standard but well executed. Also, nothing like some American Flag stripes on the front wing elements to spice up a livery!

★★★☆

#30 Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Sato 2

Now this is a unique livery! While I’m relating everything to F1 liveries, this does remind me of the 1995 Pacific livery, but not significantly. This is very strong in its own right, using different shades of blue very successfully, whilst making large white sections look very attractive.

Rahal Letterman Sato 1

The main attraction is the complex nose which very difficult to explain. It uses 3 different colours in what in some angles looks like patchwork, and in others a beautiful, semi interrupted flowing blue section. The different blues all work really well together and am just happy to see some lovely creativity without going too far.

★★★★★

Schmidt Peterson Motorsport

#5 James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Hinchcliffe 1

Virtually no change to the #5 this year, retaining it’s black and reflective gold of the past few season and an almost identical design to 2017. The main change here is the gold section having moved up, following the car along the top of the driver’s headrest rather than down to the top of the sidepod.

Schmidt Hinchcliffe 2

The other change is the intricate design on the side, which looks like stylised inner workings of the car (although I’m likely wrong). While I’m usually against graphics like this taking up large sections of the car, this is subtle enough to almost blend in from a distance whilst actually look very interesting close up. A well designed evolution of the 2017 livery.

★★★★

#6 Robert Wickens

Schmidt Wickens 2

Rookie Robert Wickens almost had a dream start to his IndyCar career until Rossi put an end to those plans! Misfortune aside, this livery is just about the same as Hinch’s, jsut in red as Aleshin’s was last year.

Schmidt Wickens 1

The red works perhaps a little better than the gold in my opinion, but not by much, so gets the same strong four star rating.

★★★★

Team Penske

#1 Josef Newgarden

Penske Newgarden 2

Penske have cut down to 3 cars for 2018, but have kept the same liveries from 2017. I’d probably been a little harsh on these last year – they aren’t so bad. The colours are standard and the design is simple, but not bad by any means.

Penske Newgarden 1

Castonevez used this livery for most of last year. It isn’t thrilling mainly due to the colour scheme, but a decent yet standard livery.

★★☆

#12 Will Power

Penske Power 2

Power is back in the livery he started 2017 with and as was the case then, the removal of the third colour makes this livery much simpler and that much stronger.

Penske Power 1

As with the Ed Jones livery, nice colours and little more can mean a very pleasant car to look at. No change, no problem.

★★★★

#22 Simon Pagenaud

Penske Pagenaud 2

The in your face Menards livery is also back for Pagenaud. The thin red and black parallel lines work far better than the thick red line on Newgarden’s livery, and contrast well on the super bright yellow.

Penske Pagenaud 1

I am slightly conflicted in regards to Pagenaud’s helmet though. I’m a big fan of drivers keeping the same design as it is their own personal identity, but I also love how it matches the car.

★★★★

 

Time for some bonus awards!

Best Looker Award – #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

There were a lot of four star liveries this season, but only one five star. There are many reasons why, but this design just lights up in my eyes. Looks fantastic.

Least Attractive Award – Juncos Racing

Perhaps I’ve been a little harsh here, but something is off with this livery in my opinion. Just needs some refining. Thin lines don’t work so well when you’re ignoring the chassis’ curves.

Grand Slam Award – #22 Penske, #18 Dale Coyne and #23 Carlin

These guys may as well be fighting it out on a tennis court with the amount of tennis ball green on the grid this year!

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

7 years in the same livery…

 

Round-Up – 2018 IndyCar Field

Livery Updates – July Catch Up

Looks like we’re at the end of the month already! Let’s take a look at what we’ve missed throughout July, starting with the good old Supercars.

Percat Ipswich

Another week another sponsor for Percat, who has Dunlop Super Dealer backing this weekend in Ipswich. The iconic lettering never looks out of place on a racing car and the black on yellow background looks as good as ever. Keeping it simple here with two parallel stripes in red and black along the bottom of the car and giant Dunlop logo on the front door, which I associate more with shoes than cars these days.

Hzelwood Ipswich

The last of the wildcards has joined the grid in Ipswich, in the shape of the #35 Commodore, driven by Todd Hazelwood. Big Mate are the main sponsor of the car, who appear to be involved in GPS monitoring solutions, and have brought with them some pretty standard colours in red, white and blue. There’s a main diagonal blue section across the side, bordered by white and red, with white the main colour over the rest of the car. Very logo heavy this one, bringing a cluttered look to the livery.

Just quickly, it appears as though Castrol have reduced their backing on Mostert’s Super Cheap Auto car, which is great news, as Bosch now takes up the bonnet space with a black background. This allows the livery to look uniform and complete once again!

Rahal Iowa 2017

Skipping across to the States, we saw Rahal in an uncustomary yellow livery for Iowa. The Gehl sponsored machine was a beautiful shade of yellow, looking super simple and clean with just the single black line from nose to tail. The majority black wings help contrast the yellow making for a very nice livery overall.

Rahal Toronto

One week later, however, Graham was back in red, but again, not his usual Steak ‘n Shake livery. This Rousseau backed livery was mainly red, with white over the top of the nose, cockpit and engine cover. As far as basic designs go, this is probably my favourite style, having the lighter shade of the ‘top’ surfaces of the car. Black wings bring a welcome third colour to the design.

Rossi Iowa

We’ve also seen Rossi change colours since the start of the season. The blue is the same, but now features red where the yellow of Napa used to be. In this case, the entire sidepod is red rather than just what the Napa logo covered previously, on the usual Andretti design.

Pagenaud Toronot

Penske had a couple of livery changes in Toronto, with Pagenaud switching to a car seemingly in greyscale. While I’m not usually a big fan of liveries without colour *cough* Haas *cough*, this is a decent looking novelty that should only last a race or two. Also important to note that silver, not grey, is used, and as the third colour, not the primary.

A simple change for Newgarden too, with DeVilbiss bringing a bright orange in place of the Verizon silver. I love organge as a colour, but this is certainly a downgrade.

Kanaan Mid-Ohio

Most recently, Chip Ginassi have joined in on the Indycar chrome livery fad, spicing up the usual NTT Data livery. It’s a nice super reflective blue along the engine cover, nose and wings, complementing the plain white well. There are also a neat detail in what resembles a big brush stroke, in different colours of blue, filling up some of the white space. A nice livery but we’ll see if it’s only a one off.

AS Amlin Andretti New York

Finally, switching over to Formula e and MS Amlin Andretti have made significant changes to their livery, adding some big chunks of teal, literally on top of the existing livery. They’ve gone about it with a torn paper effect, which actually looks quite nice and hides to lazy thought behind the idea.
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Finally, this update isn’t new but one I guess I should cover. Haas went and made their livery EVEN MORE BORING since the disappointment they revealed at the beginning of the season. In a corporate move Ron Dennis would have applauded, they’ve made the red sections white, so they could stand out more. Technically this may be the case in terms of copywriting, but I can’t imagine a time that white would be more eye-catching than red? Either way, boo to you, Haas, the biggest livery let down on the grid.

Livery Updates – July Catch Up

Livery Round-Up – 2017 Indy 500 Field

Race of the year? It’s certainly one of the biggest events on the Motorsport calendar, and this year wasn’t a let down. How good was it to see all around nice guy Takuma Sato win it all! Throw in a few wild crashes (Dixon is a very lucky boy) and you have an awesome 200 laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Let’s take a look at the new or one-off liveries that adorned the cars for the 101st running of the famous Brickyard 500.

A.J Foyt Enterprises

#40 Zach Veach

Veach Indy 17

Veach was one of four rookies in the field this year, racing for A.J Foyt. While it’s exactly the same design as usual for the team, you wouldn’t instantly make that association, given the purple for sponsor ‘Women In Tech’ taking over the usual red and blue sections.

Veach Indy 17 2

However, the purple doesn’t quite have the same effect; a second colour would another layer of interest to the livery. It ends up looking basic, when the original does not have this problem.

★★

Andretti Autosport

#20 Takuma Sato

101st Indianapolis 500

After heartbreak in 2012, Sato put it all behind him to extraordinarily win the 2017 Indianapolis 500, and I couldn’t be more pleased. His livery was slightly different too, with the red highlights changed in favour of mint green, which I believe to be for sidepod sponsor Ruoff.

Takuma Sato

It’s a unique colour which is great, but doesn’t quite sing like the red did and is really missing a punch of vibrant colour.

★★☆

#27 Marco Andretti

United Fiber & Data painted Marco’s car blue and white for the 500. In a pleasant variation of the Andretti design, we see an almost two-tone livery, pulled of simply and effectively. The shade of blue chosen is beautiful and makes for a great combination with the white.

Andretti Indy 17 3

The stylised wings on the top of the sidepods are a neat touch, a great implementation of an element of the sponsor’s logo on the car, and look fantastic from above. A lot of white, but not too much, with just enough blue keeping this interesting.

★★★★

Chip Ganassi Racing

#9 Scott Dixon

Dixon Indy 500

Camping World sponsored the #9 car for the big race, but not for the better. This livery is weaker in every way compared to the usual. It is completely basic, with the design being way too simplistic. Just a single line from the rear, wrapping over in front of the cockpit. It’s actually very similar to Sato’s livery, but at least that design follows the shapes and angles of the car, whilst this is just a straight line.

Dixon Indy 500 2

There is a yellow section separating the blue and white along the side, but it doesn’t do much in terms of good looks or excitement.

★☆

Dale Coyne Racing

#19 Ed Jones

Jones Indy 17

No big design change here, just a small colour change with the addition of FXTM as a sponsor. This brings a tennis ball green in place of the usual Scouting blue. It doesn’t look better or worse, just different.

★★★

#24 Sage Karam

Here’s a stunning classic look for Karam. Black always looks sleek and classy as a main colour, with sponsor Mecum Auctions deciding on a bright neon yellow as a secondary colour. This is placed along the side of the nose section all the way into the sidepod intakes, whilst only a sliver is carried onto the top of the sidepods. This section is split from the black with a thin red line.

Karam Indy 17 2

There are lots of lovely little yellow and red flashes on the car, including the edges of the wings, the mirrors, airbox and fuel nozzle. A very pleasant visual experience overall!

★★★★☆

#63 Pippa Mann

Mann Indy 17

Pippa is back with her mandatory pink Indy 500 livery. Supporting a great cause in Susan G. Komen, the Dale Coyne design looks fantastic in pink and white.

Mann Indy 17 2

It’s still one of my favourite designs on grid, and proves to be versatile, looking good in just about every colour combination so far.

★★★★

Ed Carpenter Racing

#21 J.R. Hildebrand

Hildebrand ran an identical livery to his 2016 entry. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! Still a great colour combo and the design works a lot better with the blue and white than the green and gold on the Fuzzy’s cars.

★★★★☆

Harding Racing

#88 Gabby Chaves

Chaves Indy 17 2

No main sponsor on the #88, so a great opportunity for the team to get something creative on the grid. They didn’t disappoint, choosing some interesting and well matching colours in cyan, white and yellow. The design isn’t too complicated but very does well to not make the car look empty, given the lack of sponsorship.

Chaves Indy 17

The wavy design along the side is a little GP3ish, but not enough to detract from the overall good looks of the car. Fresh!

★★★★☆

Juncos Racing

#11 Spencer Pigot & #17  Sebastián Saavedra

Pigot Indy 17

Pigot headed to Juncos Racing for the Indy 500 and was joined by Saavedra, with the team stepping up from Indy Lights for the big race. The colours match the Indy Lights team, although the lovely metallic green, orange and white are laid out very differently. It’s a linear design, but accounts for the curves of the car, meaning the lines look straight from the front rather than the side.

Saavedra Indy 17 2

The colours give vibes of Force India from a few years ago. Not a huge fan of the giant logo sprawling across the side and top of the sidepods (on Pigot’s car), but it seems to be how some teams are making use of the space on the skinny sidepods.

★★☆

Lazier Racing Partners

#44 Buddy Lazier

Lazier Indy 17

Lazier’s livery is almost identical to last year, with the exception of the wings, as well as having next to no sponsorship this time. It certainly benefits from the latter, because the number of mismatching stickers on the car really detracted from what was already a very basic design. A slight improvement.

★★☆

McLaren Honda Andretti

#29 Fernando Alonso

Alonso was the talk of the town for pretty much the entire month leading up to the 500, given the unprecedented circumstances of on of the best drivers in the world missing a championship Formula 1 race to participate. Fate had a Honda engine let down Alonso once again in the race, but didn’t the car look great?

The livery was based on a previous McLaren entry in the 500, with only minimal Andretti influences.

Alonso Indy 17 2

To me, this is what McLaren’s F1 cars should have looked like this season. A simple almost one colour livery, proudly displaying McLaren’s gorgeous Papaya orange over the entire car. I’m glad we got to see this one way or another. The blue highlights are true to the original and add another colour, although I’m not sure it’s entirely necessary with a main colour that good, especially with the sponsors all in black.

★★★★☆

Michael Shank Racing Andretti

#50 Jack Harvey

Harvey Indy 17

This is probably the most interesting livery of the 500. We’ve got a black base, supported by yellow and pink in even parts, as well as some white piping. They work surprisingly well together, and the layout definitely helps.

Harvey Indy 17 2

We see the majority of the yellow on the engine cover and cockpit with pink along the rest of the side. The sponsors all mostly match which is a great plus. An unexpectedly pretty and very interesting livery.

★★★★☆

 

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#16 Oriol Servià

Servia Indy 17 2

Servia was back again this year in what looked confusingly like a Team Pesnke rip off livery (forgive me if there’s a relation I don’t know about). The colours are OK, although not particularly strong in this layout.

I do like seeing the nose colours being split on the top and side, but there isn’t a lot else to say about this. Very basic and not much to speak about.

★☆

 

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#77 Jay Howard

I’m sure a few more people know who Jay Howard is after the Indy 500 than before! His incident, propelling Dixon into the air was incredible, and glad to see no-one was injured. The livery on the #50 was great. Whilst it’s another blue and white car, it’s similar to Hildebrand’s in using a reflective blue, but more of it.

Howard Indy 17

The design is nice too; the blue starting at the nose before spreading around the cockpit and all the way to the rear of the car. With the addition of the blue on the engine cover, a nice strip of white is left along the sides and cockpit, as well as the sidepods, really helping Lucas pop and allowing for a strong, even look.

★★★★☆

Team Penske

#1 Simon Pagenaud

Pagenaud was back in his Menards livery for the big race, which as I’ve said previously is a very good take on the Penske design. Could see it from a mile away!

★★★★

#2 Josef Newgarden

Newgarden Iny 17

Yet another iteration of the Penske design, this time mainly in black with silver and blue highlights for Hum. Not sure if the silver is a Hitachi or PPG sponsorship requirement, but it really throws the livery out of balance, where black or blue wings would have looked a lot better.

Newgarden Indy 17 2

The single blue line on black looks fantastic and makes the livery look just a little bit classy. Great looking car, just wish the silver wasn’t on it, or in a more subtle fashion.

★★★★

#3  Hélio Castroneves

Castroneves Indy 17 2

This was a weird choice. Out with the Penske design which I’m happy to see, but not like this! Mostly white, but with an odd shade of gold which looks less than fresh. It matches well with the white I guess, but I’m not a fan of the gold. The design too is a little confused, especially with the solid black sections on the gold, which don’t look good.

Helio Castroneves

The black/red pinstripes alone separating the white would have been enough, and would’ve looked a lot better on their own. Not sure why they couldn’t match the gold on the car to his overalls! Would’ve opened the car up, as the shade used it dull.

★★

#22 Juan Pablo Montoya

Montoya Indy 17

Finally, JPM was back, showing just how good Newgarden’s car could have looked. The all black livery is fantastic, with just some simple green and white piping along the sides, and some green flashes on the mirrors and camera. Using the template well.

★★★★☆

Livery Round-Up – 2017 Indy 500 Field

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.

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?

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