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Gade Joins SPM Marking First Female Lead Race Engineer in IndyCar

Gade Joins Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Marking First Female
Lead Race Engineer in IndyCar

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Jan. 16, 2018) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today that three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winning race engineer Leena Gade has joined the Indianapolis-based organization to captain the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda driven by James Hinchcliffe. Gade’s appointment to SPM marks the first female lead race engineer in Verizon IndyCar Series history.

The FIA Commission for Women in Motorsport Ambassador has engineered racecars in Formula BMW, A1 Grand Prix, GT racing and has worked for Jaguar Cars, Audi and most recently for Bentley Motorsport. The Briton holds the distinction for the first female race engineer to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and following her second win at the 24-hour race, Gade was named the FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Man of the Year’ and received the C&R Racing Women in Technology award.

“I’m really honored that I’ve got a chance to come across and work in IndyCar,” commented Gade. “When I was a kid, I used to watch IndyCar, especially when Nigel Mansell first came over, and I followed it quite a lot. During my sports car days, it was a little less so, until I had friends come across to the US to work in it like Piers [Phillips, General Manager of SPM]. I’m quite honored to be given the chance. It is going to be something completely different to anything I’ve ever done before, so it’s a big learning curve, but it’s a challenge that I’m really relishing, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Piers Phillips, General Manager of SPM noted, “There was significant interest in Leena amongst the international motorsports community, so we’re really excited that she sees where we’re taking SPM, believes in what we’re doing and that she is now a part of our organization. I’ve known Leena for quite some time now, and I’ve worked alongside her, so I knew the credit she’s been given is well deserved. We’re very much looking forward to throwing her into the deep end and seeing her add to the team’s success.”

The team next head to Sebring International Raceway for its first test of 2018 on January 24. Following the test, only six weeks remain until the Verizon IndyCar Series season begins in St. Petersburg, FL. For more information on Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, please visit

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Omologato joins forces with top IndyCar team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and reveals details of limited-edition ‘Indianapolis®’ Chronograph

LONDON (8 Jan. 2018) – Omologato, purveyors of the world’s largest and finest collection of motorsport-inspired watches, has agreed an exciting new tie-up with top US single-seater squad Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.In a multi-year deal agreed just after Christmas, the distinctive Omologato logos will appear on the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara-Honda IndyCar machines of James Hinchcliffe and…

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Calmels Sport mutually agree to end Indy 500 effort

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Strengthens Team with Technical, Commercial, Crew Additions

A few quick notes about this release from TSO:

  • Todd Malloy, who is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, won the Indianapolis 500 with Dan Wheldon in 2011.
  • Malloy, who is highly regarded by his fellow engineers, won the 2003 Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Championship while serving as race engineer for Paul Tracy.
  • Malloy was Justin Wilson’s Race engineer at RUSport when they finished second (2006) and third (2005) in the Champ Car Word Series standings.
  • Billy Vincent was the car chief for Simon Pagenaud’s 2016 INDYCAR Championship winning season.
  • In TSO’s opinion (well, at least Steve’s), these are two very strong additions to the team that struggled with some chemistry and mechanical consistency issues on track last year.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Strengthens Team with
Technical, Commercial, Crew Additions

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Nov. 8, 2017) – 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 Indy 500 Champion (Dan Wheldon) and 2003 CART Champion (Paul Tracy) will lead the engineering department as a whole with a focus on the competition side in regards to the team’s direction, development and race performance.

The commercial staff has added the support of Pinkham who was most recently Vice President of Brand Strategy at CSM Sport & Entertainment (formerly Just Marketing, Inc.) and will now assist with both business development and partnership management. In addition to his agency experience, Pinkham brings a strong partnership perspective, having led global sponsorships for Newell Brands (Rubbermaid, Sharpie, IRWIN Tools, LENOX), which included significant programs in NASCAR, the Australian Supercars Championship, NHRA and the International Porsche Supercup Series.

In addition to Malloy and Pinkham, SPM welcomed a new crew chief in 17-year motorsport veteran Billy Vincent who joins SPM via Newman Haas Racing (2000 – 2005) and Team Penske (2005 – 2017) where he collected three Championship wins.

Crew members Norm Hornitschek, Chris Nash and Joey Curotto have also been added to the team’s traveling crew. Hornitschek is another former Newman Haas Racing crew member who also has experience in ALMS, IMSA GT3 and GTLM with five open-wheel and three sports car championships as well as one Rolex 24 Hours win and two Le Mans 24 Hours starts. Nash, who got his start at Dale Coyne Racing in 2012 and spent the previous three seasons at Team Penske, (also helping to clinch the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship with Vincent), will wrench on both the team’s Hondas as well as working as a fueler during pit stops. Curotto comes to SPM after spending four years at Chip Ganassi Racing and will build and maintain the team’s bodywork, as well as work on aerodynamic changes and configurations.

SPM’s front office staff was also amplified with the addition of Sherry Hall, a Chicago native with over 10 years of accounting experience, as the team’s Accounting & Travel Coordinator.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports continues to test the 2018 Honda aero kit and will next head to Phoenix International Raceway in early December. Fans can keep up with #TeamCanada’s progress by following @SPMindycar, @Hinchtown and @RobertWickens on social media.

About Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Established in 2001 and owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman Ric Peterson, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series. With a storied history in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series with over 70 wins, over 70 pole positions and seven championship wins, the Indianapolis-based team has also found success in IndyCar with six wins, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions and four poles claimed overall, as well as three top-five finishes in the championship points standings. For more information, please visit




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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Announces 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Lineup

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Announces 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Lineup INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Oct. 18, 2017) – 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…

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Partners with Calmels and Gommendy for 2018 Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Sept. 12, 2017) – Frenchman Didier Calmels, owner of Calmels Sport, along with racing driver Tristan Gommendy, has partnered with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for an entry in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2018.

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 competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship, captured a third-place finish overall at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and has previously competed in Champ Car, GP2, World Series by Renault, Formula Renault and French F3.

“Competing in the Indianapolis 500 is a dream come true; it was a career goal when I was racing in Champ Car,” noted Gommendy. “Even though I grew up driving open-wheel cars, everything is completely new when you get to Indy. The Speedway and this race demand a lot of respect. Racing at 230 mph with four 90° turns is far from the European motorsport culture. I know I’ll have to work very hard to get ready for next May. The first steps, including my first simulator test, went well, but much more work needs to be done. Everything so far has shown me that this partnership between Calmels Sport and SPM is extraordinary. In the United States, everything is possible … provided you earn your spot. It’s up to us to write a beautiful French story in Indiana!”

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner Sam Schmidt commented, “Ric and I are pleased to announce this partnership with Didier Calmels. Compared to him, we are relative newcomers to team ownership but have similar backgrounds of success in the business world. We look forward to learning a tremendous amount from Didier regarding the business of racing and his innovative approaches which have resulted in great success in European formulas. In addition, SPM has already shown results with French drivers such as Pagenaud and Vautier, so we look forward to having the talented and experienced Tristan Gommendy join our team for 2018. He has a similar background to Simon, so we have very high expectations.”

The partnership will see major support on French television throughout the month of May with coverage on Canal +, Infosport + and C8, as well as a 52-minute documentary about the creation of the Calmels Sport IndyCar program which will air on Canal+ in France a week prior to next year’s 500-mile race.

SPM, Calmels Sport and Gommendy’s partnership will kick off later this fall with the Frenchman’s first Verizon IndyCar series oval test in October.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Honda Announce Increase in Partnership for 2018 and Beyond

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Sept. 8, 2017) – 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…

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Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Race Report

James Hinchcliffe No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “Solid day despite starting 10th and finishing eighth; for only a two-position swing, it was a lot more dramatic day than that. I think we made some good changes to the car throughout the night, and we were a lot racier than we were in…

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Announces Harvey For No. 7 Honda

SOURCE: SPM PR INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 21, 2017) – Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) has named a driver for the final two races of the 2017 season with Jack Harvey. The Lincolnshire, U.K. native will pilot the No.7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports AutoNation Sirius XM Honda at Watkins Glen International and Sonoma Raceway. The…

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ABC Supply 500 Results

James Hinchcliffe No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “We were two-wide racing there shortly after the re-start and I was on the inside there. The guys in front of us started racing and I guess J.R. (Hildebrand) got a bit of push when everybody was side-by-side and put a bunch of wheel in…

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