Its, officially, the dawn of a new era for the Verizon IndyCar Series with the full scale testing of manufacturer aero kits.
Yes, today isn’t the official preseason test for the series – that occurs next Monday and Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park – but enough teams are in action today at NOLA Motorsports Park outside New Orleans to keep it lively.
Andretti Autosport has had a particularly busy schedule. The team tested Friday in Sebring, is set for Sunday in NOLA and Monday and Tuesday at Barber, all while a high number of its staff from the Andretti Sports Marketing umbrella are in Miami for the Miami ePrix, the first U.S. race for the FIA Formula E Championship.
Here’s a host of videos and photos posted on Twitter:
First up, some videos posted by @IndyCar:
Juan Pablo Montoya’s No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet has a different letter angle on his car at NOLA. Meanwhile Simon Pagenaud’s No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet – and helmet – has adopted the yellow Penske Truck Rental colors.
Tony Kanaan’s No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams is in the blue and red adorned on Ryan Briscoe’s No. 8 last year. Meanwhile the No. 8 for rookie Sage Karam, in GE LED livery, is the blue/purple occasionally on either Kanaan or Dario Franchitti’s car in the past. Scott Dixon remains in standard Target red on the No. 9.
Sebastien Bourdais’s No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet is a looker, courtesy of livery designer Aldo Falla. Meanwhile, Stefano Coletti’s No. 4 Chevrolet is also in new colors.
CFH Racing’s No. 67 Chevrolet for Josef Newgarden is now black and gold. New road/street course teammate Luca Filippi is on site as well.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Jakes has a new helmet. Meanwhile teammate James Hinchcliffe has updated his longtime “Stop” and “Go” signage on his driving shoes (liveries here).
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing stands out in orange, and the Honda sounds louder warming up.
A.J. Foyt Enterprises and Andretti Autosport also pictured here; it’s Takuma Sato and Carlos Munoz.