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Ed Carpenter Racing reveals new 2018 liveries

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Ed Carpenter Racing, which has sported nearly identical paint schemes for their Nos. 20 and 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolets at most races in 2016 and 2017, revealed today that both entries will feature new looks for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. And both entries will feature different paint schemes as a result.

The No. 20 entry, shared by team owner Ed Carpenter and new signee Jordan King, will sport a black livery in 2018. On the other side, Spencer Pigot’s No. 21 entry will sport a light green livery.

The new liveries complete an off-season of change at Ed Carpenter Racing. Both driver (JR Hildebrand) and engineer (Justin Taylor) departed the No. 21 entry. Spencer Pigot has moved into a full-time ride in the No. 21 entry after serving as the road and street course pilot of the No. 20 in 2016 and 2017. Newcomer King assumes the road/street course driving duties in the No. 20 machine, while Ed Carpenter will continue to contest the oval races in 2018.

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Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

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.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

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.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).