INDIANAPOLIS – It was a majestic day outside of Gate 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday. 24 hours before an open test for the NTT IndyCar Series teams around the famed 2.5-mile oval, more than 20 U.S. Air Force recruits were on hand as Conor Daly joined U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service Commander Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt to unveil the No. 25 Indianapolis 500 paint scheme. Paying tribute to fighter jets throughout America’s Air Force history, Daly’s Indy 500 colors display the iconic shark teeth war paint often carried into battle by the A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35 Lightening.
Conor Daly, Michael Andretti and members of the US Air Force at Tuesday’s car unveiling – INDYCAR Media Site
“We’ve based the Indy 500 livery off of such a recognizable Air Force paint scheme and a tradition that spans 75 years now – stemming from the 75th anniversary of World War II and honoring our heritage,” said Major Ross McKnight, Chief, Air Force National Events Branch at Air Force Recruiting Service. “It’s meant to be a representation of how we’ve grown from our Air Corp days and WWII and all the way up to now. We’re working to honor and recognize the transition of technology from an American Volunteer Group and the P-40 Warhawk, in transition to the 23rd Fighter Group at Moody Air Force Base with the iconic A-10 and on to our fifth-generation fighters. We think the No. 25 car looks great and is a proper tribute to that history. We are looking forward to Conor getting out on track and officially entering the month of May.”
Daly, will be attempting to make his sixth start in the big race but his first with a team of Andretti’s caliber. It will also mark his second straight year with Air Force’s backing.
“Last year the fans loved our iconic thunderbird livery and I have a feeling they will appreciate this one just as much, if not more,” said Daly. “The aggressive look we’ve got going this year is fantastic. Paying tribute to the history of the fighter jet is an incredible honor and I can’t wait to finally get behind the wheel.”