Andretti Autosport reveals its 2016 liveries

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Andretti Autosport is complementing the past with its future for its 2016 liveries, on its four Verizon IndyCar Series and three Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires cars.

The team release explaining why and how is below:

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Photo: Andretti Autosport

The Andretti Autosport IndyCar team Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Alexander Rossi and Carlos Muñoz head to Phoenix International Raceway this week as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series official pre-season open test and Phoenix “Prix View” event. While not the first outing of the year for the Indianapolis-based team’s Verizon IndyCar Series squad, the two-day training session will mark the debut of the drivers’ 2016 paint schemes.

While each driver will continue to carry the colors of their respective primary sponsors, the team’s liveries tie together for the 2016 season with a nod to the history of the Andretti Autosport foundation. Each of the team’s Honda-powered machines will don a unified color stripe, starting at the forward cockpit and running through the rear of the car.

This element of the car liveries was inspired by the livery of Mario Andretti’s 1972 Indy car, which later became the inspiration for the helmet design worn by all three generations of the Mario’s lineage – and still carried by Marco today. The unified look will also carry through to the Indy Lights machines of Shelby Blackstock, Dalton Kellett and Dean Stoneman, all on track today at Phoenix International Raceway.

“As we enter a historic season of Indy car racing, with the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, I’m proud to be able to bring this design element into our field of cars,” said Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti. “My father was an inspiration to me in my career, and remains an inspiration and major supporter to our industry. To carry a little history with us is something special.”

Race fans and media are invited to the “Prix View” Inaugural Testing Event at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 27. The event will feature nearly the entire field of drivers and teams as they prepare for the 2016 season and the Verizon IndyCar Series return to Phoenix with an April 2 race date. The free access test day will feature two on-track practice windows along with a driver autograph session. Visit for more information and follow the weekend on social media with #PrixView.

The green flag will fall on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship on March 13 with the opening round of competition on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. broadcast live on ABC. Andretti Autosport will field four full season Verizon IndyCar Series entries with Andretti (No. 27 Snapple Honda), Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda), Muñoz (No. 26 Honda) and Rossi (No. 98 Honda).

Additionally, Andretti is currently slated to have three full season entries in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires with Blackstock (No. 51 Starstruck Mazda), Kellett (No. 28 K-Line Mazda) and Stoneman (No. 27 Stellrecht Mazda) while a fourth entry remains in the works. Keep up to date on all things Andretti via Twitter with @FollowAndretti.

Chase Sexton wins Triple Crown Anaheim 2 Supercross: Levi Kitchen unseats Jett Lawrence in 250s

Supercross Anaheim 2
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Chase Sexton won two of the three races in the Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Triple Crown and that was enough to overcome a fifth-place finish in Race 2 and give him the overall victory. It was the second Supercross win of his career.

“Super big night for me,” Sexton told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “After last weekend with that being a struggle, I just need to come out here and stop the bleeding a little bit and I did that tonight.”

Three riders entered the final race of the Triple Crown in a winner-take-all scenario. Sexton, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac each had a shot at victory. It raised the intensity level for all riders in an evening that featured a lot of comers and goers.

Jason Anderson took the early lead in Race 3, which set him up for the overall victory. Sexton stalked and passed him midway through the race and then a minor mistake late in the race allowed Webb to slip around too. Anderson’s 5-1-3 gave him second overall.

“I had a tough couple of rounds, getting off that Anaheim 1 crash and then last week weekend I fumbled a little bit, but I’m excited to get back on the box and start moving forward,” Anderson told Jason Thomas.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Ken Roczen was the model of consistency in the opening rounds and at Anaheim 2. With results of 2-3-4, he earned his second podium of the season and lands him fourth in the standings.

“This was hard earned,” Roczen said after the race. “I completely botched the start and then to have to work my way up. I only happen on the very last lap to step up here on the podium.”

The intensity of the race was a little too much for Tomac. While battling side-by-side with Webb in Race 3 at the one-third mark, Tomac jumped wide and crashed hard. He fell to 14th. He did some damage to his bike and advanced only one position in that race to 13th. His first two races, a third and second, were strong enough to give him sixth overall. He retains the points lead, but it has shrunk to a gap of only four over Sexton and Webb. Tomac’s race results were 3-2-13.

Malcolm Stewart injured late in the week and was not able to mount.

Levi Kitchen became the first rider to unseat Jett Lawrence in the Triple Crown format at Anaheim 2 and won the overall with consistency. In his three races, Kitchen finished 4-2-2 to narrowly edge the winner of the first two races.

“This whole day; this is unbelievable. I took a few good slams in practice and I was down on myself. The first moto I got a good start and got shuffled back, then I knew I just needed to be consistent.

Jett Lawrence saved his best for last.

He entered Race 3 of the Triple Crown three points behind Kitchen after suffering a pair of horrible races. In the first and second 250 races of the night, Lawrence hit the ground in both events, dropping to the final rider in the running order in Race 2 with an early fall. In both races, he was able to overcome his mistake and close the gap so that he had a chance to take his first Triple Crown win of his career.

Lawrence rode to third in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. In the final race of the night, Lawrence did all he could. He earned the holeshot, but when Kitchen fell in behind him, Lawrence’s fate was sealed. His 3-6-1 tied him in points with Stilez Robertson, but the tiebreaker goes to the final round and his win secured second-place.

“I can definitely say Triple Crowns are not my thing,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Will Christien. “We have one more to try and fix this, so hopefully we can get that done.”

Lawrence will move into the 450 class for the Lucas Oil Motocross outdoor season and his 250 record book will be closed.

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The best news for Lawrence is the other riders entering this round in the top three had a worse night, so Lawrence leaves Anaheim with a 16-point gap on Cameron McAdoo and 17 over RJ Hampshire.

Roberston finished 6-1-3 to take the final step of the podium.

“Getting that win in the second Main meant a lot,” Roberston told Jason Thomas. “I wish I could have done a little better in the third one, but we’re still up here on the box.”

RJ Hampshire set himself up as the early favorite with his Race 1 win. In Race 2, it all fell apart. He fell in the sand section and damaged his bike, finishing last in that race. The final event of the night for the 250s provided only a 13th-place finish, leaving Hampshire deep in the points.

Cameron McAdoo hard crash in qualification, which was scary news for a team that has seen three of their riders sidelined with injury. McAdoo was never quite able to get his rhythm with an 8-7-5

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