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Several new or test liveries set to roll out at Phoenix test

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AVONDALE, Ariz. – A few morning updates before the first practice session starts here at Phoenix International Raceway for the Prix View test for the Verizon IndyCar Series (a link to the full preview is here).

Here’s some quick livery updates and other notes you’ll see once the session starts at 3 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. MT on racecontrol.indycar.com:

  • Scott Dixon is in an all-white No. 9 Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing with no signage. CGR crewmembers are just wearing plain, unbranded red polo shirts.
  • Mikhail Aleshin’s No. 7 SMP Racing Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is all-black.
  • Get used to seeing a lot of red, white and blue cars. Both Dale Coyne Racing cars are in the white, red and blue liveries you would have seen on the No. 19 Honda last year. The differentiation is that Sebastien Bourdais’ No. 18 car has a red camera mount over the airbox while rookie Ed Jones’ No. 19 car has a blue one.
  • Takuma Sato’s No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda is also in a white, red and blue livery, predominately blue with Panasonic signage over the engine cowling.
  • Both ABC Supply Co. Chevrolets, the No. 4 for Conor Daly and No. 14 for Carlos Munoz, are in the same ABC Supply white, red and blue colors.
  • NBC Sports spoke briefly to A.J. Foyt Enterprises president Larry Foyt, who confirmed Foyt team director George Klotz will serve as Daly’s strategist, with Larry Foyt the strategist for Munoz. Foyt is uncertain whether the team will run a third car for the Indianapolis 500 at the moment.
  • Alexander Rossi’s No. 98 Honda has NAPA AUTO PARTS signage, as expected.
  • Helio Castroneves has Hitachi signage on his No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet. Simon Pagenaud is in the blue-and-white of PPG on his new No. 1 Chevrolet, while both Josef Newgarden and Will Power are in Verizon signage.
  • Graham Rahal’s crew has United Rentals shirts on for his No. 15 Honda at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
  • Luis Michael Dorrbecker, who is set to test with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports next month at Sebring, is on site this weekend.

More to follow as the day progresses.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool