INDYCAR Writers’ Roundtable, Vol. 13: Your Favorite Livery of 2021?

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Today’s question: What’s your favorite 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES car livery revealed so far and why?

Curt Cavin: I reserve the right to change my mind once I’ve seen the cars in person, but my early answer is the car of Sebastien Bourdais, which has ROCKiT as the primary sponsor. AJ Foyt Racing’s No. 14 car is wrapped in a unique fashion and largely black, which will take some getting used to. Keep in mind that I’m usually drawn to liveries that pop with color -- think neon, orange or yellow – so this selection is out of character for me.

Zach Horrall: This is an easy one for me, and I don’t envision it changing as more liveries are unveiled. I think Juan Pablo Montoya’s orange-and-white No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is stunning. I’m a sucker for anything orange (literally – my bedroom going up had orange walls), and pairing it with white is, in my opinion, the best color combination that exists. It’s bright and vibrant while still looking classy and fast. I’ll be watching this car all May long.

Paul Kelly: Like the famous line in the classic Pixar movie “Cars,” I respect the classics, man. So, while the NTT INDYCAR SERIES features many attractive new liveries this season, my favorite paint job is the Pennzoil “Yellow Submarine” that Scott McLaughlin will race on his No. 3 Team Penske machine in May at Indianapolis. I have loved the clean, classy look of that livery from the minute I saw it on Johnny Rutherford’s original “Yellow Submarine” Chaparral in 1980. It looked just as trick in the late 80s with Rick Mears and in the early 90s with John Andretti. Scott Goodyear, Sam Hornish Jr. and Helio Castroneves also wore it well. It’s just the coolest INDYCAR livery ever to me. The only way it could be better is if somehow the chrome aerodynamic wheel covers of the late 80s could return. That would reach perfection.

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