Franchitti’s Suave colors highlight Detroit livery changes


The start of the IZOD IndyCar Series season hasn’t yet gone to plan for Dario Franchitti, and perhaps a change of livery in Detroit will do him well.

Franchitti put in perhaps his finest drive of 2012 a year ago, when he qualified 14th, and carved his way to second place behind Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon.

He’ll run his third special paint scheme in six race weekends this year, as he’ll reprise the colors of Suave for Men on the No. 10 Honda. The car shifts from his usual red paint scheme to a charcoal and white entry.

The timing is appropriate given Franchitti just recently made Esquire magazine’s “Hair Hall of Fame” a couple days ago.

Franchitti won’t be the only one with a slightly altered livery in Detroit.

AJ Allmendinger will have a slightly different white/black paint scheme in deference to Quicken Loans, the presenting sponsor in the race operated and promoted by team boss Roger Penske.

Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan goes with a charcoal and lime green livery on his No. 11 KV Racing Technology – SH Chevrolet, with new sponsor

Schmidt Peterson rookie Tristan Vautier reverts back to the black, orange and white in his No. 55 Honda, same as it was for the first four races, both Dragon Racing Chevrolets (Sebastien Bourdais, Sebastian Saavedra) revert to their same liveries as the first four races, and Josef Newgarden is back in the gray, blue and black No. 67 for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing after a yellow, white and black No. 21 car with Century 21 support at Indianapolis.