Indy notes: Daly’s new test, Rahal’s new livery, 8Star’s new chassis

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Not too much to report from Tuesday’s round of IndyCar testing at Sebring International Raceway, but there were a couple noteworthy items:


Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will have had several different sets of data from Sebring to analyze, with American Conor Daly the latest one to evaluate. By all indications, Daly aced his first day back in an IndyCar in nearly two full years.

Unofficial times had him close to 2012 series champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, and on pace with RHR’s former teammate and Daly’s test teammate and potential full-season teammate, James Hinchcliffe.

“I’ve never prepared more for a day in my life,” Daly said, via

Both Daly and Hinchcliffe were in unbranded liveries – Daly’s in white and Hinchcliffe’s in gray – although Daly did have Delavaco on board by the driver cockpit. You can see a couple pics here, of Daly on track and Daly and Hinch having a bit of fun during a quick break.


Those who have known and followed Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing co-owner Mike Lanigan’s career know his company Mi-Jack. Mi-Jack has now taken a prominent role on a primarily orange No. 15 Honda driven by Graham Rahal, which was revealed to the world on Tuesday.

The orange marks a departure from the red, white and blue of the National Guard a year ago, but it’s striking, and looks pretty good. Rahal will be working with Martin Pare, Mike Talbott and Eddie Jones and seemed pleased after the day’s work.


Enzo Potolicchio’s 8Star Motorsports has received its second Indy Lights chassis, with Potolicchio posting on Twitter on Tuesday the team had another new car to assemble.

Scott Hargrove has tested multiple times for the team, although he has not yet been officially confirmed as the team’s first driver. Sean Rayhall – if budget could be found for him – would be a logical candidate for the second car.