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Jakes, Hinchcliffe and Daly to Start 20th, 24th, 25th for the 2015 Indy 500

 Indianapolis, IN – May 17, 2017 After a rained-out Pole Day and a chaotic Sunday morning, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers James Jakes, James Hinchcliffe and Conor Daly qualified 20th, 24th and 25th, respectively, for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24.
 
Despite being the fastest of SPM’s three-car stable, Jakes felt that weather played a factor in track conditions, and his No. 7 MediaTech car had a bit more in it that results reflected.
 
“It was kind of a disappointing day for the SPM MediaTech Honda,” said Jakes. “It’s not really what we wanted but we’re in the show so hopefully we can work on the race car a little bit more tomorrow. I know we’ve got a good car – we just have to fine tune it and look forward to the race this weekend. It’s not been an ideal qualifying situation so far but we’ll take it.”
 
Teammate James Hinchcliffe echoed Jakes’ comments about weather, wind specifically.

“It was kind of a disappointing day,” said Hinchcliffe. “We obviously hoped for a lot more. We had a much quicker car than that in practice but unfortunately luck of the draw put us at one of the windier times of the day.

“It’s just tough. We work so hard to make these cars really good for qualifying – everybody at Schmidt Peterson and all the guys on the Arrow car put in a lot of effort to really make this thing slippery and a gust of wind can really change your day. I’m a big annoyed, I guess, but not at all disheartened. We have a great race car. This Sunday is nice but it’s really next Sunday that matters so we’ll keep working and rubbing on the Arrow Electronics car tomorrow, and hopefully we can put it in a good position next Sunday.”
 
Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Indy car also features new associate sponsorship from Amazon.com, SiriusXM, and the iconic Canadian rock band, Rush. The Amazon.com, SiriusXM, and Rush logos will adorn the Honda-powered SPM entry for the 99th running of the famed race.
 
SPM newcomer Daly expressed excitement to participate in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing for the second time in three years.
 
“We’ve qualified for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500,” said Daly. “I’m happy to be in it and happy to have Smithfield here along with us at the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team. I would’ve liked to have a bit more speed but I think the conditions are getting worse and we did the best we could with what we have. Now we move forward to the race.”
 
The end of qualifying weekend will signal the start of a fan-centered week for Daly, Hinchcliffe and Jakes. After one more practice day on Monday, the drivers will participate in a media tour and community outreach in Indianapolis, followed by Carb Day and Legends Day, all leading up to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
 
The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will take place on Sunday, May 24. The 200-lap race on the legendary 2.5-mile oval will be broadcast live on ABC, with pre-race ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports aims to add another race win to the history books. 

Enerson on Podium Highlights Race Day at IMS for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Enerson
Indianapolis, IN – May 9, 2015 – RC Enerson earned a season-best, second-place finish in the second Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race, driving the No. 7 Lucas Oil car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Enerson started fifth and fought hard to move up the front. The 18-year-old, American driver was in P3 behind teammate Jack Harvey leading into the last lap of the race. When Harvey had mechanical issues, Enerson advanced one more spot on the podium.

“The end result of the race was good,” said Enerson. “The start was a little hairy. There was a lot of stuff going on and we fell back really far in the field. Then we were able to just pick it up one by one by one. We ended up getting up there with Jack [Harvey] and I was following him through everybody. But then to have him lose power at the end really sucks. I sympathize with him, but it’s one step closer for me to the stop step. That’s what my goal is.

“We’re just learning so much so quickly and I’m looking to just do better and better each race.”

Teammates Harvey, Anderson and Ringel finished P5, P9 and P10, respectively. However, the finish vaulted Harvey to second place in the championship points.

The Verizon IndyCar Series headlined the day at the legendary speedway. SPM teammates James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes started the 82-lap race in P13 and P20, respectively.

A first-lap, multi-car incident caused some minor damage to the front wing of Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics car. He pitted early to change to new red tires and get a new front wing.

The remainder of the race ran caution free and for much of it, both Hinchcliffe and Jakes were on the same fuel strategy. Jakes was the race leader for laps 22-24, with Hinchcliffe leading just past the halfway point. Both teams were confident that a top-five finish was on the horizon.

Unfortunately, the high volume of laps under green lead to an altered strategy and didn’t play out as the team intended. Hinchcliffe finished in P12 and Jakes in P18.

“Obviously not the result that we wanted,” said Hinchcliffe. “We got caught up in that first-corner melee and lost the front wing. From there we were just playing catch-up. The Arrow car was wicked quick – I think we had one of the quickest laps of the race – I really just wish we had a chance to show it.

“We took a gamble on strategy to try and get back up there, and ultimately the yellow never came. We’ve had a couple lucky yellows this year so we can’t be too upset. We’ll take it and move on to the next one. Great job by the boys in the pits and again, getting the car better in race pace, it was awesome.”

Teammate Jakes added, “It was a frustrating day. We were in a good position in the first stint and were able to overtake quite a few cars. We got held up and had to take the escape route at the start because of all the carnage. That didn’t help us but we managed to come out on red tires when everybody was on blacks at the beginning and work our way up through there.

“That’s when we took a bit of a gamble with strategy that just backfired. It’s a shame because the guys were really good in the pit stops and we did everything we needed to do. We just needed a bit of help from yellows that didn’t come. But we’ll move on next week and look forward to the 500.”

In just two days, practice begins for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing will take place on Sunday, May 24. The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires will compete in the Freedom 100 on Friday, May 22.

Fans can get more information and tickets online at IMS.com/tickets or catch all the action live on ABC starting at 11 a.m. ET.

Harvey Wins First Lights Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Harvey win at Indy

Indianapolis, IN – May 8, 2015 – Jack Harvey earned a first-place finish for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) from the pole position in his No. 42 Racing Steps Foundation car on Saturday afternoon during the first of two Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Leading into the weekend, Harvey had earned four podium finishes out of five races and was eager to get the top spot.

“It was obviously a fantastic day and we’ve been working hard all season for this,” said Harvey. “I feel like this was coming for awhile. Long Beach was going to be a great weekend but then the drama happened. I think my team has done a really good job of putting that behind us and moving forward to a second place in Barber.

“We’ve come to Indy with pretty high expectations and so far we’ve achieved all of them. I just can’t thank the guys enough for giving me a car good enough to win. I’ve said it all year but I truly believe in my team and now we were able to show it.”

Teammates RC Enerson, Scott Anderson and Ethan Ringel finished P5, P6 and P10, respectively.

SPM’s IndyCar drivers James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes qualified earlier in the day on Saturday for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, taking place on Sunday. Hinchcliffe narrowly missed the cutoff for the second round of qualifying and will start in P13.

“It’s getting harder and harder to judge what a successful qualifying is,” said Hinchcliffe. “It’s always a challenge when you go out on these reds, trying to figure out where the grip is. Here, for most people, at least in the first group, it was the first lap.

“We made quite a lot of changes after practice – we weren’t super happy in practice three – and got the car a lot better. Credit goes to the guys because I think the Arrow Electronics car was a lot stronger in qualifying. If the reds had held on for a second lap, I think we would’ve been able to find a little bit more and maybe squeak into the top twelve.

“The good news is that we’re going to be one of the top guys with a second set of reds and if there’s a strength that we’ve shown this year, it’s being smart on strategy. So we’ll take our tire advantage and try to use that to race smarter, not harder, and move up the grid tomorrow.”

Teammate Jakes will start Sunday’s race in P20.

“It’s just very frustrating,” said Jakes. “Under the circumstances, I think we’re doing a pretty good job. The No. 7 MediaTech crew is working very hard and I just wish the qualifying result reflected that effort. Either way, I’m looking forward to racing in my first Grand Prix of Indy tomorrow and hopefully we’ll get some rain during the race too.”

Sunday’s schedule at IMS will feature the second Indy Lights race and the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Anderson, Enerson, Harvey and Ringel will get a second chance at 1:25 p.m. ET on the 14-turn, 2.434-mile road course.

Afterwards, Hinchcliffe and Jakes will compete in the 82-lap race to officially kick off the month of May. Fans can catch all the action on ABC from 3:30-6 p.m. ET or get tickets online at IMS.com.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course)
Track: 14-turn, 2.434-mile road course
2015 event counter: The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis is the 5th race (of 16) for the Verizon IndyCar Series, and the 6th and 7th races (of 16) for Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires
Verizon IndyCar Series track schedule
Practice sessions: Thursday, May 7 from 12:30-2:15 p.m. ET and 4:15-6:15 p.m.; Friday, May 8 from 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Qualifying: Friday, May 8 from 4:15-5:30 p.m. ET
Race: Saturday, May 9 with pre-race activities beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m. ET and an estimated green flag at 3:50 p.m.
Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires track schedule
Practice sessions: Thursday, May 7 from 10:45-11:30 a.m. ET and 3:15-4 p.m.
Qualifying: Friday, May 8 from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ET
Race 1: Friday, May 8 – green flag estimated at 3:20 p.m. ET
Race 2: Saturday, May 9 – green flag estimated at 1:25 p.m. ET
Broadcast Information
TV race broadcast (USA): ABC
Race broadcast (radio): IMS Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 213

IndyCar Quotes:
James Hinchcliffe (No. 5)
“The Indy GP is an incredible event. Obviously, last year it was a bit of a low point for my season because of the concussion but hopefully that means the track owes me one! I don’t remember much about the inaugural event but from what I hear, last year was such a success and the track is a lot of fun to drive. The Arrow Electronics car had some great race pace in Barber and hopefully we can just keep pushing, and be competitive when it counts on race day.”

James Jakes (No. 7)
“I’m very excited to drive at the Indy Grand Prix course – it’s my first time there so I can’t wait to get out on Thursday and drive it. I’ve heard really good things about the track and the event. It’s just a great way to kick off the month of May and hopefully we can get a good result to start off an exciting few weeks of racing at IMS.”

Indy Lights Quotes:
Scott Anderson (No. 77)
“I’m very excited for the month of May. It’s going to be busy but a lot of fun with the GP of Indy and the Freedom 100. I’m feeling good coming into this weekend. We had great race pace at Barber and a relatively good qualifying up until our last sticker tire run. I had a good race at Indy last year and SPM did great as well. All the pieces are there, we just need to put them together.”

RC Enerson (No. 7)
“I’m excited for the Indy GP race. I definitely exceeded my expectations for Barber, pulling out a podium in the first couple weekends with SPM is a huge confidence boost and just made me want to get more of them. Hopefully we can do that at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

Jack Harvey (No. 42)
“I’m really looking forward being back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to race again. The whole month of May sums up why we all love racing, so just to be a small part of it makes me feel truly lucky and honored. After back-to-back second place finishes at Barber, we’ll be looking to move up to that top step of the podium at Indy.”

Ethan Ringel (No. 71)
“I’m looking forward to the two race at IMS in particular. I’ve never raced in Indy before so I’m really excited to see what it’s like to race on a super speedway. This is a legendary track so I’m sure that no matter how it turns out, I’m going to remember it forever.”

Team Social Media
Website: www.SPMindycar.com
Twitter: @SPMindycar
Instagram: @SPMindycar
Facebook: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

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

James Jakes
Website – www.JamesJakes.com
Twitter – @JamesJakes
Instagram – @JamesJakes

Scott Anderson
Website – www.ScottAndersonRacing.com
Twitter – @ScottDKAnderson
Facebook – Official Scott Anderson Racing
Instagram – @scanders01

RC Enerson
Website – www.RCenerson.com
Twitter – @RCenerson
Facebook – RC Enerson Racing
Instagram – @RCenerson

Jack Harvey
Website – www.JackHarveyRacing.com
Twitter – @Jack_Harvey42
Instagram – @Jack_Harvey42

Ethan Ringel
Website – www.EthanRingelRacing.com
Twitter – @EthanRingel
Facebook – Ethan Ringel Racing
Instagram – @EthanRingelRacing

Fan Opportunities
Verizon IndyCar Series autograph session with James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes: Friday, May 8 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET in the IndyCar Fan Village.
Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires autograph session with Scott Anderson, RC Enerson, Jack Harvey and Ethan Ringel: Saturday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. ET in the IndyCar Fan Village.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Announces Smithfield Foods as Primary Sponsor of Daly’s No. 43 Indianapolis 500 Entry

Indianapolis, IN – May 3, 2015 – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) proudly announced today that Smithfield Foods will be the primary sponsor of the No. 43 Verizon IndyCar driven by Conor Daly in the 2015 Indianapolis 500.
Smithfield Foods’ iconic flagship brand, Smithfield, will adorn the third Honda-powered SPM entry on opening day of the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. Founded in Smithfield, Virginia in 1936, this global food company is the world’s largest provider of high-quality pork products.

For Smithfield, partnering with SPM at the famed Brickyard is consistent with supporting one of their consumers’ favorite lifestyle events according to Bob Weber, Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Smithfield Foods.

“Motorsports has proven to be a dynamic and productive marketing tool for our brands; we have brought our associations to the store and fans have responded phenomenally,” said Weber. “IndyCar represented the next horizon for us, and our partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and driver Conor Daly, whom I have monitored since his days in karting, is a very special opportunity. I’m not sure how we could make our debut into this sport at a better venue than at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing!”

“Conor raced for our team in Indy Lights in 2011 for a partial season before heading off to Europe, so we know what he is capable of,” said SPM team co-owner Sam Schmidt. “He deserves to be competing in the IndyCar Series full time and we’re honored to be providing this opportunity. Also, it will be great to be associated with such an iconic brand as Smithfield, having enjoyed their products on a regular basis.”

For Daly, it is a homecoming. “I am ecstatic to partner with Smithfield and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. I have had a great relationship with Sam Schmidt since driving for him in Indy Lights and I’ve always wanted a shot with his Verizon IndyCar Series team. It’s an honor to make my second attempt at running the Indy 500 representing a company like Smithfield who have a great passion for motorsports. I can’t thank everyone enough who have put in the hours to pull this program together. I am confident we will all benefit from this relationship going forward and I can’t wait to get to work on track!”

On May 3, Daly and the No. 43 Fueled By Bacon Special will hit the track for the first time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Daly will seek his second start in the Indianapolis 500.

Barber IndyCar and Indy Lights Race Reports

Seventh Place Finish for Hinchcliffe While
Harvey Achieves Back-to-Back Podiums at Barber

Leeds, AL – April 26, 2015 – James Hinchcliffe earned a seventh place finish after an exciting Honda Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday afternoon. The Canadian driver is now tied for sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship points.

During Saturday’s qualifying session, Hinchcliffe advanced to round two of the Firestone Fast Six format and earned a tenth place spot on the starting grid for the race. Teammate James Jakes narrowly missed the second round but ran a solid enough lap to start the race in P14.

Both drivers were running a solid pace at the beginning of the 90-lap competition. Just before the first caution of the race, Hinchcliffe made a pit stop. He ran head-to-head with Graham Rahal, keeping pace with the race leaders. He got caught in slower traffic several times but fought hard to stay near the front of the field.

“The race was pretty good for the Arrow Electronics team,” said Hinchcliffe. “We were able to pick up a couple of spots, obviously. The pace of the car was really good and I think the guys called the right strategy for where we started. We were missing in one area: we just didn’t quite have it on the brakes today, unfortunately. That allowed Graham to stay in front of us while he was on blacks and it really got us stuck behind those Coyne cars for way too long.

“When you look at where Graham finished, we were right with him there. Obviously we missed a bit but strategy was good, car was good and like I said, if we’d just had a little bit more on the brakes, I think we could’ve made some good headway. We stayed out of trouble, had a good points day and we’ll take it. We get faster and faster, more and more competitive in these races and that’s what we need to see. A big thanks to all the Arrow crew guys for a solid weekend and we look forward to the GP of Indy now.”

Jakes’ No. 7 car had a minor valve issue during his first pit stop but he was able to stay on the first lap. On lap 33, he was spun by another driver and spent the rest of the race playing catch-up.

“It was a disappointing day for the No. 7 MediaTech Honda with UMP and HelpForScoliosis.com,” said Jakes. “We just had an error in the pits and then we got turned around, actually when we were on the lead lap. It’s disappointing but we’ll take credits from this weekend and move on to the Indy Grand Prix. Obviously, the No. 5 car got some more points for the team, which is good, and we’ll try to do the same next week.”

On Saturday, Lights drivers Jack Harvey and RC Enerson earned a P2 and P3 finish, respectively, in the first of two races at Barber Motorsports Park. Teammate Ethan Ringel finished P10 and first-lap contact forced Scott Anderson to the back, where he finished P12.

On Sunday, Harvey stood on the podium again with another P2 finish. Anderson finished P5, Enerson P7, Ringel P9.

“Overall I think it’s been a solid weekend. I now have four podium finishes out of five events, with four second-place finishes, so still looking for that first win. Obviously we’re going into the month of May now, which is what racing is all about worldwide. I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully we’ll have our first win in Indianapolis.”

In two weeks, the Verizon IndyCar Series kicks off the prestigious “month of May” with the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be converted to a road course for the 82-lap race on Saturday, May 9. Fans can catch all the action live on ABC from 3:30-6 p.m. ET.

The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series will also complete two races on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. Tickets for both races are still available at IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com.

Conor Daly to Drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis, IN – April 25, 2015 – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today that American driver Conor Daly will pilot the team’s third entry for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 24.

Daly, a 23-year-old, Noblesville, Indiana native, will drive the No. 43 Honda-powered Dallara for his second start in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

“I am ecstatic to partner with Schmidt Peterson Motorsport for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. I have had a great relationship with Sam Schmidt since driving for him in Indy Lights and I’ve always wanted a shot with his Verizon IndyCar Series team. It’s an honor to make my second attempt at running the Indy 500.

“I can’t thank everyone enough who have put in the hours to pull this program together. I am confident we will all benefit from this relationship going forward and I can’t wait to get to work on track!”

SPM team owner Sam Schmidt commented, “Conor raced for our team in Indy Lights in 2011for a partial season before heading off to Europe, so we know what he is capable of. He deserves to be competing in the IndyCar Series full time and we’re honored to be providing this opportunity.”

The team will hold a press conference on Saturday at 11 a.m. local (12pm ET) in the press conference room (3rd floor of the tower) at Barber Motorsports Park. Daly and Schmidt will be available to speak to the media and field questions.

Sponsorship and livery for Daly’s No. 43 entry will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks. Practice for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 begins on Monday, May 11.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

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: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
*Location: Barber Motorsports Park
*Track: 17-turn, 2.38-mile permanent road course
*2015 event counter: The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is the 4th race (of 16) for the Verizon IndyCar Series, and the 4th and 5th races (of 16) for Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires

Verizon IndyCar Series track schedule
Practice sessions: Saturday, April 25 from 9-10 a.m. CST and 12:40-1:25 p.m.
Qualifying: Saturday, April 25 from 3:55-5:05 p.m. CST
Race: Sunday, April 26 with pre-race activities beginning at approximately 1:45 p.m. CST and an estimated green flag at 2:37 p.m.

Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires track schedule
Practice sessions: Friday, April 24 from 8:45-9:15 a.m. CST and 12:55-1:25 p.m.
Qualifying: Friday, April 24 from 4-4:40 p.m. CST
Race 1: Saturday, April 25 – green flag estimated at 2:50 p.m. CST
Race 2: Sunday, April 26 – green flag estimated at 12:10 p.m. CST

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)
“I’m looking forward to getting to Barber Motorsports Park for sure. I love that track – the flow, the speed, everything – and because we’ve tested there already, I think everyone feels a bit more prepared. Hopefully we can hit the ground running and really try to make a push in ultimate performance. The No. 5 Arrow Electronics team has been just flat out getting our heads around this new kit and Barber is a great opportunity to get a solid result.”

James Jakes (No. 7)
“I’m looking forward to going to Barber. Obviously we tested for two days there before the season started. It’s going to be important to start off well there because we’ve only got two days on track and we’re qualifying on our first day out. We plan to do our homework, start the weekend off well on Saturday morning and have a good race on Sunday.”

Indy Lights Quotes:
Scott Anderson (No. 77)
“After two street circuits, it’s nice to go back to Barber and race on a proper road course. The only time on track we’ve had there was in the rain so hopefully we will get some dry conditions to see what this new car can do on a high speed track like Barber. We made some good progress last weekend at Long Beach – not the greatest result – but we need to keep pushing forward and progressing. I’m confident that we can make another leap at Barber.”

RC Enerson (No. 7)
“Long Beach was definitely a big confidence boost. I just really hope we can bring this momentum for a good result in Barber Motorsports Park.”

Jack Harvey (No. 42)
“I’m looking forward to having a successful weekend in Barber. We did everything right in Long Beach but we can’t control what other drivers do. We made good progress after St. Pete so I’m confident that we will continue on this way at Barber.”

Ethan Ringel (No. 71)
“I’m looking forward to Barber. It will be a pleasure to give my hands a break from the bumpy street courses. I haven’t driven the track in the dry yet but that’s still better than never driving it before. I hope to gain more experience and continue to see my learning curve grow in this next race.”

Team Social Media:
Website: www.SPMindycar.com
Twitter: @SPMindycar
Instagram: @SPMindycar
Facebook: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Driver Social Media:
James Hinchcliffe
Website – www.Hinchtown.com
Twitter – @hinchtown
Facebook – Hinchtown
Instagram – @hinchtown

James Jakes
Website – www.JamesJakes.com
Twitter – @JamesJakes
Instagram – @JamesJakes

Scott Anderson
Website – www.ScottAndersonRacing.com
Twitter – @ScottDKAnderson
Facebook – Official Scott Anderson Racing
Instagram – @scanders01

RC Enerson
Website – www.RCenerson.com
Twitter – @RCenerson
Facebook – RC Enerson Racing
Instagram – @RCenerson

Jack Harvey
Website – www.JackHarveyRacing.com
Twitter – @Jack_Harvey42
Instagram – @Jack_Harvey42

Ethan Ringel
Website – www.EthanRingelRacing.com
Twitter – @EthanRingel
Facebook – Ethan Ringel Racing
Instagram – @EthanRingelRacing

Fan Opportunities
Verizon IndyCar Series autograph session with James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes: Saturday, April 25 from 10:45-11:30 a.m. CST in the IndyCar Fan Village.
Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires autograph session with Scott Anderson, RC Enerson, Jack Harvey and Ethan Ringel: Saturday, April 25 from 12-12:30 p.m. CST in the IndyCar Fan Village.

Ups and Downs for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports at Long Beach

Long Beach, CA – April 19, 2015 – Race day at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach held promise for the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers at the start, but unnecessary contact in the Indy Lights race and a lack of yellow flags in the IndyCar race lead to some less than ideal results.

British driver Jack Harvey started the day on pole for the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race. On just the first lap, Harvey was collected by the No. 18 car and went five laps down as the No. 42 Racing Steps Foundation crew worked hard to repair his damaged rear wing. He later made contact with the tire barrier in turn eight and finished P10.

Teammates RC Enerson, Scott Anderson and Ethan Ringel finished P4, P6 and P7, respectively.

A sunny afternoon at the 11-turn, 1.968-mile street circuit set the scene for the Verizon IndyCar Series race. Driver James Hinchcliffe started P13 and finished P12 during the 80-lap race that ran mostly under a green flag.

“Today was pretty straight-forward,” said Hinchcliffe. “A little too straight-forward, I guess, with just the one caution and not a lot of chance to mix up strategies. We ran our race and did what we could. We got a couple guys on the first round and lost one or two of those in the second.

“We didn’t get a full tank on that last stop unfortunately, which forced us to save a bit of fuel on the last stint. It would’ve been interesting to see if we could’ve taken the fight to Graham [Rahal], [Sebastian] Saavedra and Carlos [Munoz] there but we kept our nose clean. In an all-green race, there’s only so much you can do. Thanks to the No. 5 Arrow Electronics boys for the hard work all weekend. Now we regroup and go to Barber.”

Hinchcliffe’s teammate James Jakes started where he finished in P19.

“It wasn’t the day we wanted for the No. 7 SPM Launch Consulting Honda,” said Jakes. “It was a tough day – tough weekend, really – but we’ll work hard and get ready for Barber. Obviously, we’ve still got some reasonable points from New Orleans and gathered a few more today, so we’ll just roll on to next weekend.”

In one week, the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires will head to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Indy Lights will run their fourth and fifth races of the 2015 season. IndyCar will headline the weekend with a 90-lap race on the 17-turn, 2.38-mile permanent road course. Fans can get more information and tickets at www.BarberMotorsports.com or watch the race during the live broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

Pole Position for Harvey as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Prepares to Race at Long Beach

Pole Position for Harvey as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Prepares to Race at Long Beach

Long Beach, CA – April 18, 2015 Jack Harvey earned the pole position for Sunday’s Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Harvey surprised his team with a last-lap qualifying push on Saturday afternoon that advanced him from P6 to the front of the starting grid.

“It was a great result and I’m really happy to be on pole,” said Harvey. “People are looking at it saying it was a last-lap, do-or-die situation but the truth is that I was fast at the start of qualifying as well. I was quickest on the first outing. The last five minutes was pretty intense because I was with a lot of cars that I was faster than, and I couldn’t really get past them, just because overtaking is so hard, especially on a street circuit. Luckily, I did and that gave me that last lap.

“To be on pole, I think it shows such an improvement from where we were at St. Petersburg. Honestly, even though we had good results there, we didn’t quite have the pace, so to come here and to have qualified in the part that is only about speed, to get pole in that moment shows what a great team I have here, how much hard work we’ve put into it and how much we trust each other. It’s a good platform to try and win tomorrow and then we go to Barber, hopefully with a bit more confidence than what we came here with, knowing that whatever happens, we’ve got good speed.”

Teammates RC Enerson, Scott Anderson and Ethan Ringel will start P6, P7 and P11, respectively.

A short, 15-minute window separated Indy Lights and Verizon IndyCar Series qualifications on the 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit.

James Hinchcliffe, driving the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car, had a fast lap of 1:07.3976, putting him P13 on the starting grid forSunday’s 80-lap competition.

“Obviously, qualifying wasn’t what the No. 5 Arrow Electronics team was hoping for,” said Hinchcliffe. “I made a mistake on what ended up being our fast lap, which I’m definitely kicking myself for. Then on the following lap, we were up and there was a yellow flag for [Scott] Dixon. I caught [Tony] Kanaan on the end of the lap there. He was just absolutely on cruise trying to make it back to the finish. He was P1 and didn’t need to push but we were still trying to get into the top six. I’m pretty disappointed that nothing came of it, not that it really would’ve changed our day.

“We just have to do a better job all around – me not making mistakes and trying to find a bit more speed in the car – but one of the specialties of this group is digging ourselves out of a hole so hopefully we can just be smart tomorrow and come away with some good points.”

Teammate Jakes will start on the inside of row ten. The British driver was P10 in his qualifying group with a fast lap of 1:07.7702, just over one second off the leader’s pace.

“Qualifying was disappointing,” said Jakes. “We’re just struggling a bit with the balance but everyone’s working very hard. It’s a long race tomorrow and hopefully we can just get some solid points here at Long Beach and move on. We have a bit of work to do for the No. 7 SPM Launch Consulting car but the guys are up to it and we’re ready for tomorrow.”

On Sunday, the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race will begin at 11:45 a.m. ET. The Verizon IndyCar Series pre-race activities are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET, with an estimated green flag at 4:37 p.m. Fans can get more info or buy tickets atwww.tgplb.com or catch all the action on NBC Sports Network.

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