Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Race Fast Facts
* Verizon IndyCar Series drivers: James Hinchcliffe (No. 5), James Jakes (No. 7)
* Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires drivers: RC Enerson (No. 7), Jack Harvey (No. 42), Ethan Ringel (No. 71), Scott Anderson (No. 77)
* Event title: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
* Location: Streets of Long Beach, California
* Track: 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit
* 2015 event counter: The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the 3rd race (of 16) for the Verizon IndyCar Series, and the 3rd race (of 16) for Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires

Sam Schmidt and the SAM car: As part of a collaboration with Arrow Electronics, Sam Schmidt will drive an exhibition lap around the Long Beach circuit in the SAM (semi-autonomous motorcar) car on Sunday, April 19 at 11:20 a.m. PST. The SAM Project is an initiative in which a 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray car has been modified with integrated advanced electronics and a human-to-machine interface so a qualified quadriplegic driver can safely operate it under racetrack conditions.

Verizon IndyCar Series track schedule
Practice sessions:.Friday, April 17 from 12:30-1:15 p.m. PST and 3:45-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 18 from 10-10:45 a.m.
Qualifying: Saturday, April 18 from 2-3:15 p.m. PST
Race: Sunday, April 19 with pre-race activities beginning at approximately 1 p.m. PST and an estimated green flag at 1:37 p.m.

Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires track schedule
Practice sessions: Friday, April 17 from 1:30-2:15 p.m. PST; Saturday, April 18 from 9:15-9:45 p.m.
Qualifying: Saturday, April 18 from 12:55-1:40 p.m. PST
Race: Sunday, April 19 – green flag estimated at 8:45 a.m. PST

Broadcast Information
TV race broadcast (USA): NBC Sports Network
Race broadcast (radio): IMS Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 213

IndyCar Quotes:
James Hinchcliffe (No. 5)
“Long Beach is one of my favorite events of the year. There’s a reason that race has been going on for more than 40 years now. The fans are great, the atmosphere is awesome and the track is one my favorites. I’ve always seemed to run pretty well there and obviously, coming off of our win last weekend, the whole team is helping to keep the momentum going, and we’re hoping for a good result.”

James Jakes (No. 7)
“Obviously very excited to go to Long Beach. It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks of the year and one of the best races on the calendar, not just from a circuit point of view but also from a fan perspective. They have a great atmosphere there. We had two great results in New Orleans last weekend so everybody’s very excited to maintain the momentum. We look forward to another strong weekend in Long Beach.”

Indy Lights Quotes:
Scott Anderson (No. 77)
“Long Beach is my favorite street circuit so I’m definitely excited to go back. We learned a lot from St. Pete so if we can apply the knowledge we gained and focus on our qualifying, I think we’ll be looking good.”

Jack Harvey (No. 42)
“I’m really looking forward to Long Beach. I feel we’ve made some good progress with the car after St. Pete, and also with my driving, so Long Beach will hopefully show what I think we’ve gained.”

Ethan Ringel (No. 71)
“I’m very excited to finally see California for the first time in my life, and to race on the streets of Long Beach! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the track from my teammates. My main focus is to learn the track as fast as I can, acquire the max amount of laps and then put down the fastest lap I can in qualifying. Qualifying is so important on these street courses. I’m looking forward to enjoying a successful weekend.”

Team Social Media
Twitter: @SPMindycar
Instagram: @SPMindycar
Facebook: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Driver Social Media
James Hinchcliffe
Website –
Twitter – @hinchtown
Facebook – Hinchtown
Instagram – @hinchtown

James Jakes
Website –
Twitter – @JamesJakes
Instagram – @JamesJakes

Scott Anderson
Website –
Twitter – @ScottDKAnderson
Facebook – Official Scott Anderson Racing
Instagram – @scanders01

RC Enerson
Website –
Twitter – @RCenerson
Facebook – RC Enerson Racing
Instagram – @RCenerson

Jack Harvey
Website –
Twitter – @Jack_Harvey42
Instagram – @Jack_Harvey42

Ethan Ringel
Website –
Twitter – @EthanRingel
Facebook – Ethan Ringel Racing
Instagram – @EthanRingelRacing

Fan Opportunities
Verizon IndyCar Series autograph session with James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes: Friday, April 17 from 2-3 p.m. PST in the Verizon IndyCar Series Paddock.

Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires autograph session with Scott Anderson, RC Enerson, Jack Harvey and Ethan Ringel: Saturday, April 18 from 11-11:40 a.m. at the Mazda display in the Expo Center.