Last year, it was the USAF thunderbird. This year, Conor Daly’s No. 25 Andretti Autosport Indy 500 entry will feature another legendary U.S. Air Force icon, with a striking livery that pays tribute to many of the noteworthy fighter jets in America’s Air Force history.
Daly joined USAF Recruiting Service Commander Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt in unveiling the aggressive design boasting “shark teeth war paint often carried into battle by the A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35 Lightning.”
“We’ve based the Indy 500 livery off of a recognizable Air Force paint scheme and a tradition spanning 75 years, stemming World War II and honoring our heritage,” said Major Ross McKnight, Chief, Air Force National Events Branch at Air Force Recruiting Service. “We’re working to honor and recognize the transition of technology, from an American Volunteer Group and the P-40 Warhawk to today’s 23rd Fighter Group at Moody AFB with the iconic A-10 and our current fifth-generation fighters.
“We think the No. 25 looks great and is a proper tribute to that history,” Maj. McKnight continued. “We are looking forward to Conor getting out on track and officially entering the month of May.”
“Last year, fans loved our thunderbird and I have a feeling they will appreciate this [livery] 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.”