INDIANAPOLIS – Back in September it was announced that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports had merged with Calmels Sport for their third entry with the team in the 2018 Indianapolis 500. Calmels, run by former F1 car owner Didier Calmels, was going to bring Tristian Gommendy to the race.
Gommendy, 38, would have been a rookie, as he competed in one full season (2007) in Champ Car. But, the announcement, was met with questionable reviews.
Gommendy, hasn’t raced with this much competition before and had an 11 year gap between open wheel starts. Calmels, has a bizarre criminal history. He was convicted in France for murdering his wife back in the 90s. According to legal paperwork, he served minimal time due to laws in France and was set free.
A rookie driver with no experience on ovals with a convicted murder owner wasn’t highly regarded here.
Well, the two sides mutually decided to part ways on Thursday.
SPM issued a statement reading, “Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Calmels Sport have mutually agreed to end their partnership of a 2018 Indianapolis 500 program. SPM will continue to focus on raising the level of performance of its involvement in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Both parties wish one another well in the future.”