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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.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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