IndyCar’s Colton Herta will run special ‘Yankee Pinstripes’ paint scheme to honor Hank Steinbrenner

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The late Hank Steinbrenner will be remembered by Andretti Autosport in Saturday’s Firestone 175 virtual race at Twin Ring Motegi. The 63-year-old Steinbrenner passed away Tuesday after a lengthy illness in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

He was co-owner and co-chairman of the famed New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

His son, George Michael Steinbrenner, IV is one of the team principals at Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport. Colton Herta’s No. 88 Capstone Turbine car will run a special New York Yankees “Pinstripe” paint scheme in honor of honor of the late Hank Steinbrenner.

“My dad was a massive racing fan and was Steinbrenner Racing’s biggest fan,” said George Steinbrenner IV. “He was so supportive of me and the team, so it’s special to be able to honor him with a livery — even in the virtual world. A massive thanks to Capstone as well for the collaboration in honoring his memory.”

The livery, developed with Capstone Turbine and the Steinbrenner family, features the iconic blue and white pinstripes of the New York Yankees and carries a special “HS” decal in two locations.

“Obviously it’s been a tough week for the whole Andretti Harding Steinbrenner team with the passing of Hank Steinbrenner,” said Herta. “Hank wanted to carry the Yankee tradition of winning into racing. I’m really proud to be able to help honor him this weekend with our pin-striped Capstone livery as a tribute. We’ll be racing with heavy hearts and hoping for a great result to honor his name.”

In addition to Herta’s tribute livery, all six Andretti Autosport entries will carry a decal in honor of Hank for this weekend’s INDYCAR iRacing Challenge.

“Capstone is honored for the opportunity to pay tribute to Hank Steinbrenner’s legacy in the Firestone 175 INDYCAR iRacing Challenge by collaborating with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport on the No. 88 Tribute Livery,” said Darren Jamison, President and CEO of Capstone Turbine. “Hank’s passing is a tremendous loss to the sports community. On behalf of the entire Capstone organization, we extend our deepest condolences to George and the entire Steinbrenner family.”

Hank (left), George (right) — Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Steinbrenner’s father was the legendary owner of the team from 1973 until his death in 2010.

Steinbrenner and his younger brother, Hal, co-owned the Yankees until his death.

Hank Steinbrenner was an avid race fan and once co-owned Darrell Gwynn’s NHRA Drag Racing Team.

 

Famed New York Yankees star and Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson told the New York Post that he enjoyed his time with the colorful Hank Steinbrenner.

“Very generous, thoughtful and respectful. He was a helluva guy, a lot of personality. He would tell you jokes. Loved to talk about the game. Loved the job that Hal [Steinbrenner] was doing and the organization, what they were doing, the steps they were doing,” Jackson told The Post on Wednesday. “He was gracious and kind and a big tipper. Thoughtful of people. He was a helluva guy to be around. A good guy to be around.

“Hank will be missed. The shame of it all is that his brother [Hal] really worked at trying to get [Hank] involved. Nothing would have made Hal happier than to have his brother involved. [Hal] would always say to me, ‘Reggie, I have to call my brother on these decisions, help me get him up here.’”

Hank Steinbrenner often attended NTT IndyCar Series races to watch his son’s effort with Herta. Steinbrenner, however,  parked his motorhome in very inconspicuous locations. Those included outside of Turn 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Turn 12 at Road America.

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Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.