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Sato leads early at Barber test; Rossi visor cam debuts (VIDEO)

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Two Andretti Autosport nuggets of note have emerged from the opening three hours of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ open test at Barber Motorsports Park (race occurs April 23 on NBCSN).

Takuma Sato, who banked a top-five finish in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg last weekend, was on top as Hondas were in five of the top six positions in the first three hours of testing.

The second three-hour run occurs from 2 to 5 p.m. Teams have four sets of Firestone tires for the day with the exception of rookie Ed Jones, who has one extra set available.

Meanwhile, to get a sense of just how much of a roller coaster the Birmingham, Ala. road course is, INDYCAR has released another of its stunningly cool “Visor Cam” videos, this time with Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi in the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti-Herta Autosport.

The other news nugget of note is Juan Pablo Montoya making his first IndyCar test run this season, in Team Penske’s No. 22 Chevrolet, as preparation for his two races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. Montoya, the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, will run a fifth Team Penske entry at the IndyCar Grand Prix and 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Times from this morning are below.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveils logo for 2019 Indy 500

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The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are already thinking about next year’s Indy 500.

Speedway officials on Friday unveiled the logo for the 103rd running of the 500 next year, which will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

According to a Speedway media release, “The logo for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 includes bold, dynamic features that will form the core of future logos for ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”

 

In addition, the new logo, according to the release, “is athletic, prestigious and confident and includes a rich navy blue that contrasts with gold, the color of the iconic Wing and Wheel logo of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“A row of red bricks race upward and forward, referencing the bricks that formed the track’s surface for decades and remain present today in the famous Yard of Bricks at the start-finish line.”

The logo will serve as part of a new branding system that will feature it as part of future logo designs, as well.

“This new logo system is an exciting step forward for the identity of the Indianapolis 500,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The 103rd Indianapolis 500 logo, created within this system, salutes the traditions and legacy of the race while looking ahead to its bright future.”

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