Wickens Impressing On Ovals Already, A Contender For Saturday Night’s DXC Technology 600 (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

FORT WORTH, TX – Heading into the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, I don’t think too many people had ever heard of Robert Wickens. Nothing against Wickens, but he made a career racing overseas. He hasn’t been on the radar over here in quite sometime. So, forgive fans stateside for not knowing much about him. What he’s doing though in the first eight races of his INDYCAR career, well that is nothing short of amazing. Wickens, has really never seen any of these race tracks before. While I’m sure he’s watched…

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Don’t Count Out SPM Duo For Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network)

BELLE ISLE, MI – Despite neither Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver finishing in the top five of Saturday’s first dual of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race weekend, don’t count out both of their drivers to let that happen again on Sunday. First off, they have Honda power, the same Honda power that took finishing positions 1-6 in Saturday’s 70 Lap race. After having 1-8 in the first practice of the race weekend on Friday and five of the top six in final practice, it’s a sure bet that the Honda teams…

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Despite Being On Bottom Of Speed Charts, SPM Had “Solid Day” Of Testing at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – Monday’s Verizon IndyCar Series test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was just that, a test. So, while speeds are what everyone gravitates to, it’s not the end all be all. See, all 21 driver and team combinations had varying strategies and check lists that they were hoping to accomplish in the seven hour test session on Monday. Some went towards the top of the speed charts quicker than others. The ones who won the day weren’t the ones sitting with the most speed but rather the ones who got…

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Dual Top 5 Finishes On Monday In Barber For Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Duo

LEEDS, Ala – While Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi look to be the overall championship favorites for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, two more drivers are right there waiting to pounce. To me, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has to be the top overall organization heading into the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Monday, they put both of their drivers inside of the top five in the rain delayed Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, as both drivers now head to May in the top eight of the…

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Aaron Telitz Gets INDYCAR Test on Friday at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS – Belardi Racing took a chance on Aaron Telitz this offseason. I don’t mean that in a negative way either. He’s deserving on any ride he gets so don’t take that wrong. It was the normal racing circumstances that nearly kept another talented driver off the grid. Here’s why. In 2016, Telitz, 26, won six races with Team Pelfrey in Pro Mazda competition. He’d win the championship as a result of that. In fact, he had 15 top five finishes in 16 tries that year. Luckily, he had the Mazda…

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Strong IndyCar Test For Majority Of The Teams at Sonoma On Monday

INDIANAPOLIS – 13 drivers took to the road course in Sonoma for the first of a big week of testing for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Following Monday’s test at the Northern California track, those teams and the others that weren’t taking a part in the test will meet in Phoenix for a three-day test on the 1.022-mile oval. But, as far as Monday’s test at Sonoma and how it went, it sounded like it went very smoothly for all 13 teams. Times were unofficial, but from what it sounds like, all…

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Harvey Coming Back To SPM Perfect For Young Driver

INDIANAPOLIS – I’ve been banging the Jack Harvey drum for several years now. Since the young British driver came on the scene in Indy Lights in 2014, I could tell the kid could drive. Harvey, having never been to any of the North American tracks before, had four wins (all in the last five races), 10 podiums and a top five finish in all 14 races during his rookie season in 2014. While that should earn a championship in any series you race in, unfortunately he lost out on a tiebreaker…

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Jack Harvey Inks 4 Race IndyCar Deal With Joint Shank/SPM Entry

INDIANAPOLIS – Having developed its strongest commercial sponsorship lineup in team history, Michael Shank Racing announced on Friday its 2018 season plans in a press conference held at the 30th annual PRI Show in Indianapolis. The Ohio-based team will manage its largest racing program to date with a dual campaign in the Verizon IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.   After making its IndyCar debut in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with driver Jack Harvey, the team will build on that effort in 2018 with a select schedule of IndyCar events with the talented…

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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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