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Handful of sponsor changes; TBA at Coyne on Road America entry list

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This weekend’s KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America, Round 10 of the 17-race Verizon IndyCar Series season (Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) will again feature a few different liveries on the 21 cars entered.

Three of the four Team Penske Chevrolets will switch liveries compared to last race at Texas. The switches are as follows:

  • Simon Pagenaud goes from white, black and silver DXC Technology car to bright fluorescent yellow for his No. 1 Menards Chevrolet.
  • Josef Newgarden, who raced against Juan Pablo Montoya’s orange and white No. 2 DeVilbiss Chevrolet last year, will now be in the orange and white DeVilbiss Chevrolet here this year. He has had the black and silver hum by Verizon colors most of the year.
  • Helio Castroneves’ white and blue AAA colors now shift to black and white for REV Group aboard his No. 3 Chevrolet.

“It’s a great race, especially for our main partner Menards because it’s where they’re based at. We’re going to have Menards back on the No. 1 Menards Chevrolet, and I’m really excited about that,” Pagenaud said.

Additionally, Scott Dixon’s No. 9 NTT Data Honda has a slightly revised white and blue livery, with red trim:

The yellow GEHL and D-A Lubricant colors return to Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, as they were for this race last year. Rahal ran a red and black car similar to Mikhail Aleshin’s at Texas.

“It would be fun to get a win there with GEHL being a local company and supporter of mine since 2006,” Rahal said.

JR Hildebrand’s No. 21 Chevrolet takes on the Direct Supply blue and white livery this race, same as it was for Newgarden last year.

“This is one of the events on that calendar that you circle at the beginning of the year and look forward to until you get there. I’m so glad that the Verizon IndyCar Series races at Road America again and that I get to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get out on track in the Direct Supply car this weekend,” said Hildebrand, who makes his first Road America IndyCar start this weekend. He’s raced here before in Formula Atlantic.

Alexander Rossi is back in the yellow and blue No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda colors rather than the red and blue colors he had at Texas.

As for Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 18 Honda? It’s still listed as TBA. While team owner Coyne said at Detroit he expected Esteban Gutierrez to be in the car at Road America, the team has not yet made this formal.

The full entry list is linked here.

McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”