Scott Dixon’s got another different livery coming to his usual No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet ahead of this weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, as he looks for his first win at Barber Motorsports Park and second in a row in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Dixon will still be in a red No. 9, but with Coca-Cola signage prominent on both the sidepods and rear wing of his car. It’s a cool opportunity to see Coca-Cola adorning the Target car, in another of the partner one-off liveries the team has showcased over the years.
Meanwhile series points leader Juan Pablo Montoya goes for a different shade of white and red on his car this weekend. Montoya will reprise the Hawk Performance paint scheme he ran in several races last year, on his No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet.
Elsewhere Helio Castroneves remains in the No. 3 AAA Chevrolet, Sage Karam returns back to the No. 8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Chevrolet, Sebastien Bourdais is back in the Mistic colors for his No. 11 KVSH Racing Chevrolet, and Graham Rahal continues in the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake/Maxim Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.
“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.
“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”
Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.
“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”
Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.
Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.
The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.
Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.