SPM Hires Big Additions To Technical and Commercial Departments

INDIANAPOLIS – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today additions to its staff in its crew, technical and commercial departments. Strengthening the current engineering staff is Todd Malloy who joins the team as Technical Director, while Eric Pinkham has signed on as Vice President, Partner Strategy for the Indianapolis-based team. Malloy joins SPM with over 21 years of experience in motorsport having spent time with teams such as Team Green, Players-Forsythe Racing, RuSport, Newman Haas Lanigan Racing, Bryan Herta Autosport and most recently the previous three seasons at Chip Ganassi Racing. The 2011…

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Team Canada With SPM, Team America With Andretti For 2018 INDYCAR Season

INDIANAPOLIS – A good thing is starting to form in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2018 season. All country teams will be on two organizations for next year, as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Wednesday morning that they have hired two Canadian drivers to pilot both of their full-time cars for the 2018 season. James Hinchcliffe returns for a fourth season and beyond, as the Oakville, Ontario native signed a “multi-year” deal to remain with the team. His teammate, will be fellow Toronto native Robert Wickens. The duo marks the first…

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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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New Partner On SPM’s 3rd Team Has Interesting Criminal Past

Earlier this week, Calmels Sport announced that they have secured a partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to run a third car with SPM for next May’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Since, both sides have acknowledged the agreement and the plan is in place for Tristan Gommendy to race in next year’s big race. Gommendy, of Le Chesnay, France, will pilot a blue, white and red No. 77 Honda, in honor of his native country, following completion of his Verizon IndyCar Series’ rookie orientation program. The 38-year-old, who currently…

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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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SPM and Honda Extend Contract Through 2020 With Increased Level of Partnership

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports along with Honda and Honda Performance Development announced today an increased level of partnership between the two parties. The Verizon IndyCar Series team and the engine manufacturer also noted the extended contract is intact through the 2020 season. “Our technical partners give us the increased engineering capability which, in turn, gives HPD the confidence in us as a team to take our partnership to the next level,” noted Piers Phillips, SPM General Manager. “Our contract extension is the culmination of everyone’s hard work. One of the things…

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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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Jack Harvey Lands SPM Seat for Final 2 IndyCar Races of the 2017 Season

INDIANAPOLIS – With the mutual departure of Mikhail Aleshin a couple of weeks ago, it left the No. 7 Honda with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports available for the final four races of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Last week, the team announced that Sebastian Saavedra would be behind the wheel of the car in the final two oval races of the year. They’d occur consecutively, with Pocono last weekend at Gateway this weekend. Saavedra finished 21st after a crash on Sunday. But, the team also revealed on Monday who will pilot…

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Saavedra Back In No. 7 Honda With SPM For Remaining IndyCar Ovals (Pocono/Gateway)

It should come to no surprise at all, but Sebastian Saavedra will return to the seat of the No. 7 Honda with Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports this weekend at the Pocono Raceway. Last week, Mikhail Aleshin and SPM mutually agreed to part ways, leaving the seat for this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) open. Saavedra, replaced Aleshin at Toronto last month where he finished 11th.

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Mikhail Aleshin Not Returning to SPM No. 7 Honda For Rest of The 2017 Season

The move isn’t as surprising as the career stats for Mikhail Aleshin, but it appears his brief Verizon IndyCar Series career is now over. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Saturday afternoon that the Russian won’t return for the remainder of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. “Mikhail Aleshin, the Russian SMP Racing program driver, will not be returning to the No. 7 Honda for the remainder of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season,” a statement from the team read. “Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and SMP Racing have mutually agreed that the…

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