SPM Signs James Hinchcliffe To “Multi-Year” Deal, Robert Wickens As Teammate

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today its lineup for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe has renewed his contract with the Indianapolis-based team in a multi-year extension, and the 2011 IndyCar Rookie of the Year’s teammate will be countryman and friend Robert Wickens, a native of Guelph. The duo marks the first all-Canadian lineup in North American open-wheel racing since 2004 (Champ Car; Forsythe Racing: Paul Tracy, Patrick Carpentier). “Not only am I really excited to be able to say I’ll be back with SPM for next…

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SPM’s 1st Goal Right Now Is To Keep James Hinchcliffe

INDIANAPOLIS – Multiple media outlets are reporting that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has a “short list” of 28 drivers that they feel could fill the second seat with the team for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Both RACER and Motorsport.com are each reporting that, and that fact is indeed true. Basically anyone who has driven at a high level is on that list of potential drivers. But, we’re skipping one major step here. The team isn’t worried about that second car for 2018 just yet, they’re actively trying to keep their…

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Top 5 Sleepers For Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen (1 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

Watkins Glen, NY – The Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Watkins Glen International road course on Sunday is going to be an intense one. After all, it’s the penultimate race of the season. With the championship shaping up to be a Penske vs. Ganassi show, this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen (1 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) will likely be one too. But, there are some sleeper drivers that figure to wreck those plans. Who are they? How about these five?

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A Tale of 2 Opposite Practice Sessions on Friday for James Hinchcliffe

Watkins Glen, NY – Honda’s were surprisingly quick on Friday at Watkins Glen, which bodes well for a solid rest of the weekend. One driver that will greatly benefit from that is Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe. The popular Canadian driver was fifth in the opening practice session early on in the day on Friday. That gave him high hopes. But, in the second session, he was just 19th quick after completing just 13 laps. What they gained from this morning was since gone. But, it’s not all gloom and doom…

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Friday’s IndyCar Practice Report at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY – The Verizon IndyCar Series had two practice sessions on Friday from the scenic Watkins Glen International road course. The first one was a chilly one with ambient temperatures in the 50’s. The day warmed up as the hours got later though with the afternoon session being much more comparable to what we will see for Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen (1 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). In the first session, Honda’s led the charge with the top five speeds being all the same manufacturer, including seven…

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Some IndyCar Teams/Drivers Supporting Hurricane Harvey Victims This Weekend in Watkins Glen

It seems weird to be covering a Verizon IndyCar Series race this weekend, while thousands of other Americans are greatly affected by the devasation caused by Hurricane Harvey. While we’re doing our jobs in Watkins Glen, others are suffering. That’s why the IndyCar community is coming together this weekend to support those families that have lost valuable items. AJ Foyt Racing and INDYCAR announced on Thursday an initiative for fans to purchase a limited-edition run of “Race4Houston” T-shirts with all proceeds benefiting the Great Houston Community Foundation (ghcf.org). The GHCF,…

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IndyCar Silly Season Update: Could Andretti’s Delayed Decision Making Have Cost Him 2 Drivers, Drama In Ganassi Camp Too?

INDIANAPOLIS – Out of the 21 full-time Verizon IndyCar Series teams this season, we know of only nine drivers that currently have deals for the 2018 season. It’s easier to say who’s driving where than who’s not. What we know so far is Team Penske has three of their four drivers returning (Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Josef Newgarden), Andretti Autosport has two of their four coming back (Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti), Chip Ganassi Racing has one of their four (Scott Dixon) while Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing (Graham Rahal) Ed Carpenter Racing (Ed Carpenter)…

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