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IndyCar’s blue and white livery epidemic hits Pocono with two new ones


Forrest Mellott

Imagine, for a moment, a radio call of this Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) which omitted the names of the drivers and teams and instead asked those on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network to instead only call the race - and perhaps the finish - by car colors.

“There’s the blue and white car, side-by-side with another blue and white car, but a third blue and white car has entered the frame... let’s send it to Jake Query...”

“The blue and white car battle royale rolls through the Tunnel Turn, then into Turn 3, where a blue and white car makes a dive bomb on another blue and white car... Mark Jaynes, bring it home!”

“Get your cameras ready for a blue and white spectacular, photo finish as count ‘em, one, two, three, maybe four blue and white cars run side-by-side to the line at Pocono!”

Such a scenario sounds fanciful... and then you look at the spotter guide for this weekend’s race and realize it’s not far fetched. At all.

There are very few gripes I have with the current Verizon IndyCar Series, but one thing that has consistently irked me all year - among others in the paddock - is the preponderance and overkill of blue and white (and red, white and blue) liveries gracing the Chevrolets and Hondas that make up the 21 or 22-car field.

Granted, this is what happens when the partners involved with most teams have blue and white in their corporate colors. And this isn’t a bad thing because teams need all the partners they can get.

However, there’s something to be said for variety in color schemes up and down the grid and when you have a third to half the field, on average, looking identical or close - it makes it very hard to distinguish and stand out, as well as a nightmare for the spotters or the people tasked with calling the race. Mistakes are far from inevitable and it’s not because the person would get it wrong intentionally; it just happens.

Just for Pocono alone, there are five more new or revived blue and white liveries to add to the litany of blue and white liveries this year.

The pair of NTT Data Hondas from Chip Ganassi Racing take on a new predominately white and blue hue for both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan to look close to identical, after Dixon’s had a blue and white color scheme while Kanaan’s has been predominately blue only this year.

Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti, and Gabby Chaves, meanwhile, see their cars look nearly identical. Expedite Home Loans, an online division of Ruoff Home Mortgage, will be on Sato’s No. 26 Honda which makes it a light blue and white scheme, super close to Andretti’s No. 27 light blue and white United Fiber & Data Honda, which is close to Chaves’ light blue (can we call it teal?) and white No. 88 Harding Group Chevrolet, back for the first time since Texas.

Since words are meaningless by this point, we thought it a good idea to instead post a picture of every blue and white car that’s raced in 2017. As you can see, this epidemic has spread throughout the grid and is not limited to just one team.

So, without further adieu, here’s a roundup of all the predominately blue, blue and white, or red, white and blue cars that have seen a green flag this year, before the new ones get added this weekend (All photos: IndyCar).




Simon Pagenaud, No. 1 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet, St. Petersburg

Joe Skibinski


Josef Newgarden, No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet, Mid-Ohio


Helio Castroneves, No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet, Long Beach, Barber, Texas

Chris Owens / IMS Photo 2017




Max Chilton, No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, full season

Joe Skibinski


Scott Dixon, No. 9 GE LED Honda, St. Petersburg

Joe Skibinski


Scott Dixon, No. 9 NTT Data Honda (all blue, gold trim), Long Beach through Indianapolis 500 qualifying

David Yowe Photography LLC


Scott Dixon, No. 9 Camping World Honda, Indianapolis 500 and Detroit

Chris Jones-IMS/IndyCar Photo


Scott Dixon, No. 9 NTT Data Honda (gold trim), Texas

Chris Jones-IMS/IndyCar Photo


Scott Dixon, No. 9 NTT Data Honda (red trim), Road America through Mid-Ohio

Chris Owens


Tony Kanaan, No. 10 NTT Data Honda, most of season

Joe Skibinski


Tony Kanaan, No. 10 NTT Data Honda (blue and chrome), Mid-Ohio

Joe Skibinski


Charlie Kimball, No. 83 Novo Nordisk/Diabetes Canada Honda, Toronto

Chris Jones



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Takuma Sato, No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda, most of season

Joe Skibinski


Takuma Sato, No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda, Indianapolis 500, Detroit and Mid-Ohio

Bret Kelley

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Marco Andretti, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda, most of season

Joe Skibinski


Marco Andretti, No. 27 Magneti Marelli Honda, Detroit

Bret Kelley

*We should also note Andretti-Herta Autosport driver Alexander Rossi has had a blue car all season, but with either yellow (NAPA Auto Parts/Curb) or red ( secondary colors alongside the primary blue, the No. 98 Honda doesn’t fall into the all blue or blue and white trap.




Conor Daly, No. 4 ABC Supply Co. Chevrolet, all season

Joe Skibinski


Carlos Munoz, No. 14 ABC Supply Co. Chevrolet, all season

Joe Skibinski




Graham Rahal, No. 15 SoldierStrong/Turns for Troops Honda, INDYCAR GP and Detroit

Chris Jones-IMS/IndyCar Photo


Oriol Servia, No. 16 Fifth Third Bank Honda, Detroit

Chris Jones-IMS/IndyCar Photo




Esteban Gutierrez, No. 18 UNIFIN Honda, Detroit through Mid-Ohio (except Texas)

Chris Jones-IMS/IndyCar Photo


Ed Jones, No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda, most of season (except Indianapolis 500)

Chris Owens




JR Hildebrand, No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet, multiple races

David Yowe Photography LLC


JR Hildebrand, No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet, Road America

Joe Skibinski




Jay Howard, No. 77 Lucas Oil/Team One Cure Honda, Indianapolis 500

Bret Kelley




Gabby Chaves, No. 88 Harding Group Chevrolet, Indianapolis 500, Texas, Pocono

Chris Owens

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