Part of the fun and excitement of the first race of any season is seeing what teams do with their liveries. In the case of IMSA WeatherTech Championship teams, it was “Will they show up at Daytona with roughly the same scheme as they left Road Atlanta? Or will they improve what they had before?” And, meanwhile hoping no one shows up with a car that looks like it was attacked by a five-year-old with a flat black rattle can.
Fortunately there is precious little flat black (and Smooge Racing’s GT4 Toyotas in Michelin Pilot Challenge differentiated by glossy and flat black are nicely done), and plenty of color. Here are some of the new liveries making their their debut at this weekend’s Roar Before the 24 at Daytona:
Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti No. 40 Acura ARX-06, GTP of Jordan Taylor, Louis Deletraz, Colton Herta and Jenson Button. Jake Galstad/Lumen
GTP, Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti
With WTRAndretti adding a second car, fans were curious what the No. 40 would look like. A few days before the Roar Before the 24, the team revealed a striking red and black livery. The No. 10 retains its blue-and-black, but both cars have the same design.
Proton Competition Porsche 963 No. 5 of Gianmaria Bruni, Neel Jani, Alessio Picariello, Romain Dumas. Jake Galstad/Lumen
GTP, Proton Competition
It’s not a big departure from past Mustang Sampling liveries — which is a perfectly good reason to love the classic gold-on-black scheme.
AO Racing No. 99 ORECA LMP2 07 of PJ Hyett, Paul-Loup Chatin, Matt Brabham, Alex Quinn. Jake Galstad/Lumen
LMP2, AO Racing
Already trying to stomp the competition in GTD PRO with a T-Rex, AO Racing went with a purple dragon theme for its LMP2, complete with scales. Nicknamed “Spike,” hopefully it’s not a fire-breathing dragon.
Era Motorsport No. 18 ORECA 07 of Dwight Merriman, Ryan Dalziel, Christian Rasmussen. Jake Galstad/Lumen
LMP2, Era Motorsport
Era has never been shy about colorful liveries, even running a “crayon” scheme designed by a 6-year-old for a couple of races in 2021. For 2024, Era introduced a striking blue, purple and white design at Daytona.
United Autosports USA No. 2 ORECA 07 of Ben Keating, Nico Pino, Ben Hanley, Pato O’Ward. Jake Galstad/Lumen
LMP2, United Autosports No. 2
Ben Keating carried his Wynn’s livery to United Autosports, but the orange seems to pop just a bit more. Speaking of orange ….
CrowdStrike by APR No. 04, ORECA 07 of George Kurtz, Colin Braun, Toby Sowery, Malthe Jakobsen. Michael Levitt/Lumen
LMP2, CrowdStrike Racing by APR
The red on the No. 04 CrowdStrike Racing by APR has given way to a more orange shade that should really shine under the lights.
Pfaff Motorsports No. 9 McLaren 720S GT3 EVO of Marvin Kirchhofer, Oliver Jarvis, James Hinchcliffe, Alexander Rossi. Jake Galstad/Lumen
GTD PRO, Pfaff Motorports
The No. 9 McLaren naturally wears papaya. But fear not, plaid aficionados — there’s a tribute to the Canadian team’s past lumberjack liveries in the darker tones.
Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3, No. 14 of Jack Hawksworth, Ben Barnicoat, Kyle Kirkwood, Mike Conway. Richard Dole/Lumen
GTD PRO and GTD, Vasser Sullivan Racing
The team sticks with its highlighter yellow and black, but with a more dynamic design.
Ford Multimatic Motorsports No. 65 Ford Mustang GT3 of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller, Frederic Vervisch. Jake Galstad/Lumen
GTD PRO, Ford Multimatic Motorsports
The livery was already revealed when the new Mustang GT3 hit the track at last month’s IMSA homologation test at Daytona, but the shades of blue with a bit of red, along with the prominent mustang silhouette, deserves a call-out.
Korthoff/Preston Motorsports No. 32 Mercedes AMG GT3 of Mikael Grenier, Mike Skeen, Kenton Koch, Maximilian Goetz. Jake Galstad/Lumen
GTD, Korthoff/Preston Motorsports
The team has kept its color scheme on its No. 31 Mercedes AMG GT3, but applied it in a radically different way, designed by driver Mike Skeen. Skeen has an associate’s degree in visual arts and has dabbled in art over the years.
“Last year we felt like it wasn’t eye-catching enough,” explains Skeen. “It kind of blended in with the field and the track and had a little bit too much gray. So we’ve tried to brighten it up a little bit and make it a little bit more eye-catching. Hopefully the fans will like it and it will make it on TV a little bit more.”
AWA No. 17 Corvette C8.R of Anthony Mantella, Nico Varrone, Thomas Merrill, Charlie Eastwood. Richard Dole/Lumen
The No. 13 features a familiar scheme on a Corvette, black and yellow. But the No. 17 is a complete departure from anything we’ve seen on a Corvette, or really any other car, in a long time. Predominantly a pearlescent shade of teal, it features a red and off-white stripe and accents, including an off-white number meatball. It’s absolutely stunning.
Inception Racing No. 70 McLaren 720S GT3 EVO of Brendan Iribe, Frederik Schandorff, Ollie Millroy, Tom Gamble. Jake Galstad/Lumen
GTD, Inception Racing
It’s still the familiar red-and-black color scheme, but the team has added some pattern to the red to make it more visually interesting.