IndyCar paint schemes for 2020

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IndyCar’s 2020 season has arrived and with it comes the first look at some of the paint schemes teams will sport throughout the year.

To help spot your favorite driver on the track, NBCSports.com has compiled the confirmed paint schemes (some featuring multiple designs on the same car) for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Here’s a look at what teams have released so far, including many that will run in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN):

Josef Newgarden – Team Penske’s No. 1 Chevrolet

Hitachi will serve as Newgarden’s primary sponsor in eight races this season. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
PPG will serve as Newgarden’s primary sponsor in five races this season. (PPG)
XPEL will serve as Newgarden’s primary sponsor at the IndyCar GP and Texas. (Team Penske)

 

Charlie Kimball – A.J. Foyt Racing’s No. 4 Chevrolet

Novo Nordisk will serve as Kimball’s primary sponsor in seven races this season. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Pato O’Ward – Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 5 Chevrolet

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Oliver Askew – Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Chevrolet

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Marcus Ericsson – Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 8 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Scott Dixon – Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 9 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Felix Rosenqvist – Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 10 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Will Power – Team Penske’s No. 12 Chevrolet

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Sebastien Bourdais – A.J. Foyt Racing’s No. 14 Chevrolet

Bourdais will drive for Foyt in four races this season. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Graham Rahal – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s No. 15 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
FVP will serve as Rahal’s primary sponsor at Gateway. (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

Santino Ferrucci – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan’s No. 18 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Conor Daly – Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20 Chevrolet

Daly will driver for Carpenter in 13 races this season. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Rinus VeeKay – Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Simon Pagenaud – Team Penske’s No. 22 Chevrolet

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Sage Karam – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s No. 24 Chevrolet

(Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)

Zach Veach – Andretti Autosport’s No. 26 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Alexander Rossi – Andretti Autosport’s No. 27 Honda

AutoNation will serve as Rossi’s primary sponsor in eight races this season. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
NAPA will serve as Rossi’s primary sponsor in nine races this season. (Andretti Autosport)

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay – Andretti Autosport’s No. 28 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Takuma Sato – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s No. 30 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Felipe Nasr – Carlin’s No. 31 Chevrolet

Nasr will drive for Carlin at St. Petersburg. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Alex Palou – Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh’s No. 55 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Max Chilton – Carlin’s No. 59 Honda

Chilton will drive for Carlin in 13 races this season. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Jack Harvey – Meyer Shank Racing’s No. 60 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Ben Hanley – DragonSpeed’s No. 81 Chevrolet

Hanley will drive for DragonSpeed at St. Petersburg. (DragonSpeed)

Colton Herta – Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport’s No. 88 Honda

Capstone Turbine will serve as Herta’s primary sponsor in six races this season. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Marco Andretti – Andretti Autosport’s No. 98 Honda

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Formula One embrace the United States

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Last week, Red Bull Racing revealed its new car, the RB19, and a new relationship with Ford Motor Co. in an event in New York City complete with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and team principal Christian Horner.

It’s the first Formula 1 team to launch in the United States for 2023, but even that small move of the needle reflects a major shift in the attitude of both F1’s management and their teams – and the extent to which the American audience has fully embraced the sport.

“It’s something fantastic and unique, for the sport to be able to break it into the U.S,” Perez told NBC Sports. “The market is huge and it’s a huge opportunity for everyone involved, for the drivers, for the team. It’s always a huge market.”

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Sergio Perez finished fourth in the Unites States Grand Prix, but he was first with the fans.  – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

In 2023, Formula 1 will race three times in the United States and five times in North America. The Circuit of the Americas will host their 11th consecutive race in October before heading south to Mexico City. Miami returns for a second time in May on a temporary street course around the Hard Rock cafe and the third addition is in downtown Las Vegas in November.

With the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule for June and the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, American fans are now in the ballpark of Europeans, who have eight events on the continent and one in England.

In 2022, Verstappen won every race in North America. He was kept from sweeping the hemisphere only by George Russell, who won in Brazil. That fact is less remarkable when one considers that Verstappen won 15 times in the season – nearly two-thirds of the races on the schedule.

By the time Formula arrived in Austin, Texas, for Round 20 of 23, Verstappen already had wrapped up his second consecutive championship.

“Sometimes it can be hard to replicate the season, but I think it’s the same as with the car, right? You always try to improve it,” Verstappen told NBC Sports. “And I always look at the little details that even when you have had a good race, you could have done better. And then of course you also learn from the bad races. So we always try to look for these little improvements and general experience you gain year after year.

“You try to do better, but of course it also depends a lot on the package you have.”

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Max Verstappen United States Grand Prix win was one of 15 for the drivers and 17 for Red Bull.
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Now Verstappen’s thoughts inevitably will turn to establishing a dynasty, and America will again play a pivotal role.

“I just enjoy what I’m doing,” Verstappen said.  “After the years in Formula One, when you have to be on top of your game and you gain a lot on your experience – in that sense nothing really can get to you anymore. Every year you just try to do the best you can. But a lot depends on the material around you. It’s always a bit of a guess. Start the season as fit as you can be and be well prepared. But if you don’t have the car, you’re not going to win the championship.”

Perez added two wins to Red Bull’s total, at Monaco and the Marina Bay Street course. With two of the US 2023 races on street courses, Perez hopes to close the gap on Verstappen and potentially be his chief rival for the championship.

“The strategy is clear; it is to maximize the potential of the car – and we believe we have a good car, but how good?,” Perez said “We don’t know what the competition is doing. We just give our best in building this car and we hope that it’s good enough to get us to win races.

“I think we have to work together as a team. At the same time. We both want to win the championship. It’s just having good compromise. The competition will be really strong out there, so we really need everything we possibly can get from each other.”

Formula One returns to the United States for Round 6 and the Miami Grand Prix on May 7.