McLaren revealed the car Fernando Alonso will drive in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 next month. The mainly papaya orange machine, the traditional McLaren color, has blue accents. While similar to Scott Dixon’s car, I think they are different enough to tell apart. The McLaren has less blue in the middle and is a different shade of orange from the Ganassi PNC Bank entry.
The sidepod sponsor is an e-cigarette company and includes a health warning. Don’t look for tobacco companies to come rushing back to motorsports just because they can add a health warning. This si the second e cigarette company to be on a car. Blu sponsored Sebastien Bourdais a few years ago.
It’s a great looking car and it always adds to the race to have a former F1 champion in the field.
Harding Steinbrenner Racing will carry King Taco sponsorship on Colton Herta’s car at Long Beach this weekend. King Taco usually sponsors a car in their local race. GESS, the primary sponsor of the 88 at Barber, is an associate sponsor this coming weekend.
It will be interesting to see if GESS commits further with the program in May.
Jordan King, who will drive in the Indianapolis 500 as a third entry for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, yesterday announced Rich Energy is now a personal sponsor. This might help King, who drove the Ed Carpenter Racing number 20 on the road/street courses last year, get more races. Not sure if Rahal wants to do a third car for more than Indianapolis with the momentum the team has built the last two races.
In a media availability at Barber Motorsports Park this past weekend, Indycar President Jay Frye said as more teams enter the field, a third engine manufacturer may “become a necessity rather than a luxury.”
It sounds as if he expects some more teams may be planning to enter the series. I agree. Honda and Chevy are getting stretched a bit already, especially in May.
Frye did not give any hints that a third OEM is imminent though rumors persist that a certain German company may have its name mentioned next month.
Here are some final photos from Barber. The first two are from my friend Kyle McInnes, a photographer aspiring to become an Indycar photographer. Check out his work at kylemcinnesphoto.com.
Top: Matheus Leist after spinning in practice.
Bottom: Spencer Pigot brings out another red flag Friday’
Photos by Kyle McInnes
Scott Dixon makes his final pit stop.
Sato’s crew celebrates after the checkered flag.
Takuma Sato addresses the media after his convincing victory.
The last three photos are mine.
Back Thursday with a Long Beach preview.