Gene Haas wants distinguishable color for his F1 team, maybe yellow

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Gene Haas is keen on giving his new F1 team a distinguishable color when it makes its debut in the 2016 season, suggesting to Italian publication Autosprint that his cars could run in a yellow livery.

NASCAR team co-owner Haas recently confirmed that his plans to enter F1 in 2016 are on-schedule, with a new facility being built in Kannapolis, NC, to work in tandem with an operation based in the UK that will run out of the old Marussia factory.

Speaking to Autosprint, Haas said that he thought the majority of the cars in F1 all looked the same, clashing with the company colors of red and silver.

“We would love to have a car in line with the company’s image, but it must be good too,” Haas said. “All these cars in silver or gray look the same.

“I would like a color that can make us distinguishable. I like yellow.”

The pieces of the Haas F1 puzzle are slowly coming together, with the team reportedly signing former Red Bull designer Rob Taylor to oversee the production of the new car.

However, we will have to wait until the summer to find out who will be driving the Haas cars in 2015. Leading American hopeful Alexander Rossi confirmed to MotorSportsTalk in Canada last year that he had held talks with Haas, but the new FIA super license regulations could work against him.

The most famous F1 team to race in yellow was Jordan Grand Prix, an Irish team ran by the enigmatic Eddie Jordan that brought a sense of fun to the paddock whilst enjoying some success in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.