A handful of new drivers, liveries make first outing for Indy 500 practice (PHOTOS)

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Here’s some faces and liveries we haven’t seen in the Verizon IndyCar Series up to this point in 2015, or are in different roles or colors for the month of May.

All photos are via INDYCAR.

NEW BOOTS, OR NEW SUITS

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Simona de Silvestro in TE Connectivity colors, No. 29 Honda. Photo: INDYCAR
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Justin Wilson has his first media availability in Andretti Autosport firesuit. Photo: INDYCAR
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Davey Hamilton suited for shakedown laps. Photo: INDYCAR
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Ed Carpenter in a firesuit for first time in 2015. Photo: INDYCAR
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Conor Daly’s first day in a Schmidt Peterson firesuit. Photo: INDYCAR
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Pippa Mann back in the No. 63 Susan G. Komen car. Photo: INDYCAR
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Bryan Clauson makes IndyCar return for KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing. Photo: INDYCAR

NEW RIDES

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Josef Newgarden now in Century 21 colors. Photo: INDYCAR
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Davey Hamilton in Townsend Bell’s No. 24 car. Photo: INDYCAR
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Oriol Servia in Marmon Wasp-liveried No. 32 Honda. Photo: INDYCAR
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Daly’s No. 43 car. Photo: INDYCAR
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Simona de Silvestro’s No. 29 TE Connectivity Honda. Photo: INDYCAR
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Pippa Mann’s No. 63 Susan G. Komen Honda back out. Photo: INDYCAR

Malcolm Stewart sidelined by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.