Handful of sponsor changes; TBA at Coyne on Road America entry list

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This weekend’s KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America, Round 10 of the 17-race Verizon IndyCar Series season (Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) will again feature a few different liveries on the 21 cars entered.

Three of the four Team Penske Chevrolets will switch liveries compared to last race at Texas. The switches are as follows:

  • Simon Pagenaud goes from white, black and silver DXC Technology car to bright fluorescent yellow for his No. 1 Menards Chevrolet.
  • Josef Newgarden, who raced against Juan Pablo Montoya’s orange and white No. 2 DeVilbiss Chevrolet last year, will now be in the orange and white DeVilbiss Chevrolet here this year. He has had the black and silver hum by Verizon colors most of the year.
  • Helio Castroneves’ white and blue AAA colors now shift to black and white for REV Group aboard his No. 3 Chevrolet.

“It’s a great race, especially for our main partner Menards because it’s where they’re based at. We’re going to have Menards back on the No. 1 Menards Chevrolet, and I’m really excited about that,” Pagenaud said.

Additionally, Scott Dixon’s No. 9 NTT Data Honda has a slightly revised white and blue livery, with red trim:

The yellow GEHL and D-A Lubricant colors return to Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, as they were for this race last year. Rahal ran a red and black car similar to Mikhail Aleshin’s at Texas.

“It would be fun to get a win there with GEHL being a local company and supporter of mine since 2006,” Rahal said.

JR Hildebrand’s No. 21 Chevrolet takes on the Direct Supply blue and white livery this race, same as it was for Newgarden last year.

“This is one of the events on that calendar that you circle at the beginning of the year and look forward to until you get there. I’m so glad that the Verizon IndyCar Series races at Road America again and that I get to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get out on track in the Direct Supply car this weekend,” said Hildebrand, who makes his first Road America IndyCar start this weekend. He’s raced here before in Formula Atlantic.

Alexander Rossi is back in the yellow and blue No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda colors rather than the red and blue colors he had at Texas.

As for Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 18 Honda? It’s still listed as TBA. While team owner Coyne said at Detroit he expected Esteban Gutierrez to be in the car at Road America, the team has not yet made this formal.

The full entry list is linked here.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



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