Schmidt-Peterson Motortspors is coming back to Indy Lights. They have joined a program with Belardi Racing to help drivers get to the Verizon IndyCar Series. The two sides with pair on former SPM driver and current Belardi driver Santiago Urrutia. The hope is to develop drivers in Indy Lights with their merged operation and moved them up the ranks to IndyCar with sPM.
“This new program with Belardi Auto Racing is all about assisting young talented drivers any way we can to get them to the Verizon IndyCar Series,” commented SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt via a release. “Santi did a great job for us in 2016, coming just one point shy of becoming an IndyCar driver this year. Brian Belardi has a great history of doing everything possible with talented drivers, like Gabby Chaves and Zach Veach, so we think this is a great fit. Arrow Electronics and their guests will now have another car to cheer for this season.”
SPM has been the most successful team in Indy Lights history with seven championships.
“I’m very excited for this combined effort,” Brian Belardi said. “I’m looking forward to the partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and having the Arrow Electronics name on our No. 5 car. I believe this new collaboration is a great step forward for the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder program. I’m very proud with the fact that our former drivers like Gabby Chaves and Zach Veach will be in this year’s Indianapolis 500, and I know that this new driver development program will help graduate more of the Belardi family into the Verizon IndyCar Series.”