Carlos Huertas

Everything is a bit more familiar now for Carlos Huertas, who enters his fourth Verizon IndyCar Series race in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing car.

A break in the series schedule between the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis this weekend has given the Illinois-based team the opportunity to change the primary and complementary colors of the car to Huertas’ favorites.

“Since I started racing in Europe I always had the blue and white that my dad and I, with the sponsors, to keep as an identity,” said the 22-year-old from Bogota, Colombia. “When we came to the States, we wanted that but the team was red and white and we had to wait a bit because of the race after race.”

Actually, the preferred blue and white pre-dates Huertas moving to Europe to compete in Formula BMW UK in 2007. It’s the colors of his favorite Primera A football (soccer) team in Colombia, Millionarios.

“My whole family supports them and my dad and I have been big fans, so I’ve always liked (those colors) it since I was a kid,” he said.

Red and white are the colors of Millionarios’ rivals from Bogota, Santa Fe.