The Verizon IndyCar Series had its first full-league open test at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, making it also the first time that fans were able to see all of the new looks that will be on track for the upcoming 2016 season. You can see some of the brand-new liveries now by using the slideshow included with this article.
They include defending IndyCar champion Scott Dixon adding a lightning bolt to his No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing car as part of a throwback paint scheme, while 2014 league leader Will Power has reverted to his familiar No. 12 after running the champion’s No. 1 on his Team Penske entry during the 2015 season.
After CFH Racing reverting back to Ed Carpenter Racing, Josef Newgarden has changed from No. 67 to No. 21, and has debuted a new gold and white color set to match his primary sponsorship for Century 21.
The drivers of Andretti Autosport – Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Ryan Hunter-Reay – have all updated their paint schemes for this year, particularly with Munoz changing from a green and white color set to having red and white as his primary colors.
Both Conor Daly – who will be enjoying his first-ever full IndyCar season for Dale Coyne Racing – and Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud showed off cars with green in the scheme. Daly’s No. 18 is a bright green and white, while Pagenaud’s No. 22 displayed a sea green and white that is completely different from the yellow and white colors that Pagenaud primarily ran in 2015.
There were also some familiar faces in attendance at Phoenix. Newgarden’s former teammate Luca Filippi, who co-drove the No. 20 entry with Ed Carpenter in 2015, was behind the wheel of the No. 19 for Coyne; DCR has yet to confirm a full-time driver for the No. 19, and Filippi hasn’t returned to what is now ECR.
Meanwhile, Gabby Chaves – who recently lost his job as the driver of the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport entry to Alexander Rossi – was in town to pilot the No. 7 car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. That car’s regular driver, Mikhail Aleshin, encountered work visa issues this week that kept him from being able to get to Phoenix for the open test. Chaves does not have any drive time lined up for 2016.
Click through our photo gallery to check out all of IndyCar’s newest looks. The Phoenix open test continues through Feb. 27.
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