James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda will take on a slightly different look this month of May.
Hinch is going bold with gold.
The previously all-black car now will have a heavy dose of gold on the car, from the nose up to the cockpit and then on both sides of the engine cover. Gold is also posted on the flow conditioners in front of the sidepods.
Hinchcliffe’s new look was revealed on Monday for the first day of practice this week.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.