Monday, August 19, 2013

Best and Worst Liveries So Far

We've seen some really good liveries and some really... Well, less than impressive liveries so far this season. Here are the top five best and worst liveries so far this season:

Best 

Sebastian Saavedra
Good lord this livery is drop dead gorgeous. I almost had myself a crisis the first time I saw this. Unfortunately, the livery ended up being disfunctional due to the blue chrome reacting to extreme heat. But photos will live on forever.

Sebastian Saavedra of Colombia driver of the #6 Dragon Racing Dallara Chevrolet drives down the front stretch during Indianapolis 500 practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 12, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Saavedra used this livery for a short time at Indy (Photo: Michael Hickey)

Tony Kanaan

This car is absolutely gorgeous. It is weird because the paint makes it look like the car has armor. It is a good thing this car will be enshrined forever thanks to Tony's Indianapolis 500 victory! This car has been run at a majority of the races for TK.

Tony Kanaan of Brazil, driver of the Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet, races during the IZOD IndyCar Series 97th running of the Indianpolis 500 mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
TK went on to win the Indy 500 in this car (Photo: Robert Laberge)
Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing might be the worst on track team, but they win off the track. Whoever designs the liveries on this team is a legend. Bourdais's car that started at Indy and has carried on through the following races has been stunning. This car has been run at every race from Indianapolis onwards. 

Sebastien Bourdais of France, drives the #7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet during qualifying for the IZOD IndyCar Series Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park on May 31, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
What a beauty (Photo: Chris Trotman)

Alex Tagliani / Luca Filippi / JR Hildebrand

They may be finishing in the bottom half of the field every race, but Alex Tagliani and Bryan Herta Autosport have a gorgeous race car in the Barracuda machine. Such a beaut. This livery has been run at every race.
Alex Tagliani - Honda Grand Prix: Day 1
Tags on DW Way (Photo: Chris Trotman)
Dario Franchitti x2

Dario always seems to have a new livery every race. The ones that stood out were the Energizer car at Pocono, and the GE Car at Mid-Ohio

Dario Franchitti
Gorgeous (Photo: Matt Slocum)

Dario Franchitti - Honda Indy 200 At Mid-Ohio - Day 2
(Photo: Robert Laberge)




Worst

Simona de Silvestro

This livery could use some work on KV's end. Thankfully, TK only used this livery in testing. Unfortunately, Simona has used it all year. It is so blah and uninteresting. A different pattern would really spice things up. 


Simona de Silvestro of Switzerland, drives the #78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Dallara Chevrolet during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg on March 22, 2013 in St Petersburg, Florida.
(Photo: Chris Trotman)

Tristan Vautier
This car is pretty ugly. It definitely does look better with sponsors on the side but it is terribly bland without decalls on it. Vautier tested in this livery. Even with decalls, it is still pretty hideous. Maybe a differnt color other than orange would have been nice.

Source Indycar
(Photo: Indycar Media)
Tony Kanaan

The Itaipava car that Tony Kanaan used for one race at his home in Sao Paulo was... Interesting. I mean, they have looked great in the past, especially when they had Itaipava on the sidepod. But when they had these things, whatever they are, on the side, I gag a little. A great livery ruined. 

(Photo: Getty Images)

Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti's car Barber was questionable. I mean, for one, the car looks exactly like Kimball's car. The only difference is the orange on his car is a lighter orange, making it.... Worse. The liveries applied to Dario's car are usually awesome, but not this one.

(Photo: Marshall Pruett)
Sebastian Saavedra

The driver who had by far the best livery also has the worst livery by a country mile. As explained, the chrome blue didn't work with the heat the car produces. As a results, the livery literally fell apart. This was what was left of the livery following its meltdown. Absolutely hideous. My eyes hurt.

(Photo: Motorsport)


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-Matthew Hickey

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