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SPM Announces Title Partner, Unveils 2019 IndyCar Liveries

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Announces Title Partner,
Unveils 2019 IndyCar Series Season Liveries

DENVER, CO (Jan. 18, 2019) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today, from its 2019 IndyCar Series season unveiling at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., a significantly deepened partnership with Arrow Electronics, Inc. The Denver-based technology company is now the title partner of the newly branded Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, providing additional technical expertise and resources to the racing team.

The three Dallara-Honda Indy cars of James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens and Marcus Ericsson were on display this morning at the home of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Mammoth. The Nos. 5, 6 and 7 displayed the team’s new signature black and gold previously seen on the Honda driven by Hinchcliffe since 2015. Longtime fans of the team will notice the chrome on the cars has changed to a futuristic, sleek matte finish.

While Wickens will not compete in the 2019 IndyCar Series season as he continues his rehabilitation and recovery after an accident during the 2018 season, the No. 6 Arrow Electronics Honda was on display to signify the team is keeping the No. 6 car ready and available for the Canadian whenever he is able to and wants to return to racing.

The Arrow SPM team also continues its technical alliance with Meyer Shank Racing and its No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda driven by Jack Harvey although the car was not on display for today’s announcement. Arrow SPM will continue to provide full-time engineering and technician staff to see the car through from the initial build to on-track performance.

The relationship with Arrow began with SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt in 2014 through their collaboration on the semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM car). That was the same year Schmidt, a quadriplegic, drove the SAM car over 90 mph and 100 mph on consecutive days using the Arrow technology embedded in the car. The following year in 2015, the electronics company joined the race team as a primary partner on Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 car; the number a nod to the company’s “Five Years Out” vision that is about “guiding innovation forward to help you create a better tomorrow.”

To watch the entire unveiling from this morning, please visit the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Mike Long, Chairman, President and CEO, Arrow Electronics
“Our relationship with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has become synonymous with innovation, courage and perseverance. We are very driven to bring our technical expertise and resources to SPM to help them win races and championships for many years to come.”

Sam Schmidt, Co-Owner, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
“For me, this announcement is nothing short of a lifelong dream come true. Mike Long and the entire team at Arrow first had the vision to create a system that enabled me to get behind the wheel after 16 years of paralysis which, in and of itself, has changed my life and the lives of millions worldwide. Now, by becoming our team title partner, they have given us the resources to fulfill another lifelong dream to win the Indy 500 and a championship in the IndyCar Series.”

Ric Peterson, Co-Owner, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
“We couldn’t ask for a better partner for our team than Arrow. They’ve been by our side the last four years through the highs and lows, always pushing us closer to our goal: becoming Champions. We’re very excited for this next chapter of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.”

Marcus Ericsson Joins SPM for 2019 Season

Marcus Ericsson Joins Schmidt Peterson Motorsports For 2019 Season INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 30, 2018) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today that Marcus Ericsson will pilot the No. 7 Honda for the 2019 IndyCar Series season. The current Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team driver will make the move to the North American open-wheel racing series following the conclusion…

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Statement on Management Change at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today that Piers Phillips has stepped down from his General Manager post at SPM. After considerate and thoughtful discussions about the future of both the organization and Phillips’ involvement, his departure was a joint decision. “Both Ric (Peterson) and I are very thankful to Piers…

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INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma

James Hinchcliffe
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“Obviously not the day we wanted. We actually had a pretty solid race going until our last pit stop… There was some anomaly with the engine or gearbox or clutch – not quite sure which yet – it caused the car to stall, so we dropped from ninth down to 18th. We fought back what we could in the remaining laps, but it’s disappointing because the team did a better job than that today on track, in the pits, with the car; we just didn’t have the results to show for it. At the end of the day, the 2019 season started the second the checkered flag fell and we’re already all eyes forward and focused on hitting the ground running in St. Petersburg. Thanks to the SPM team for all the hard work all year. Thanks to Arrow Electronics and all of our partners. It’s been an up-and-down year, but we’ve won as a team, we’ve lost as a team, and we’ll come back stronger next year. #GetWellWickens ”


Carlos Muñoz
No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
“Tough race for the Lucas Oil car. It’s a pretty tough track to overtake. I think when we finally got going, I passed a few cars and I was up to P14. Then on the restart, someone hit me in the rear, I spun and lost a lot of positions. The hit broke my gearbox and I had to run the rest of the race in emergency mode which cost us a lot of time. Not how I wanted to finish for sure. Really thankful to everyone at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – the mechanics, the engineers, everyone on the team have been so great to me. Wishing a quick recovery to Robert [Wickens] and hopefully he’ll be back at it in no time. For sure we wanted more out of today, but that’s racing.”


Jack Harvey
No. 60 AutoNation SiriusXM Meyer Shank Racing with SPM Honda
“Overall I think that we had a lot of great moments in the year, but I don’t think we ever got the result that we potentially did have or that the team deserved. This weekend has been a struggle. Even though today clearly wasn’t my best day, if you look at the year as a whole, I really have to thank everyone from Meyer Shank Racing and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Without AutoNation and SiriusXM, neither of us would be able to get to be here, so really the biggest thanks go to them. I’m optimistic and hopeful that next year we will do more races and have more opportunities to get a better result.”

Medical Update on Robert Wickens

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens underwent surgeries this week at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to repair fractures to both of his legs and hands from injuries sustained in a crash during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 19. The surgeries were completed without complication. Wickens…

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Portland Grand Prix report

James Hinchcliffe
No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

“Obviously a pretty disappointing day after a promising start. It was a kind of classic first lap deal — Zach [Veach] didn’t leave me enough room on the inside of Turn 3 there, and we got forced on to a pretty big curb. It kicked the car sideways and I’m obviously sorry for the chain reaction it set off and ruined a lot of guys days. Ultimately that’s racing. That’s not what we want, and I’m glad everyone’s okay. Tough break for the crew, the Arrow Electronics car was really good on Saturday, and I think we were going to have good pace in the race, but these things happen. We’ll put our heads down, regroup and try to end the season strong in Sonoma.”

Carlos Muñoz
No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

“Great to finish the weekend without any mistakes, bringing home the Lucas Oil car in one piece. I think we deserved to finish a little more in the front. The yellow in the middle of the race when we had blacks [Firestone primary tires] didn’t help us a lot. The restart also didn’t help us… I was on blacks, everyone else was on reds [Firestone alternate tires]. During the race, our car was great – we had the fastest lap time of the race. I obviously wanted more, but we’ll see how it goes in Sonoma… hopefully we’ll be even better.”

Jack Harvey
No. 60 AutoNation SiriusXM Meyer Shank Racing with SPM Honda

“The beginning of the race went really well and we cycled out well after that first restart. Unfortunately, after that we caught every yellow flag at the wrong moment. This weekend we made so much good progress in the AutoNation SiriusXM car, it’s a bit disappointing how the race played out. During the first stage of the race we were legitimately running top six and holding it, but then the end result ends up not showing it. Hopefully we can take a few days to reset and take the positives from this weekend and bring them to Sonoma.”

Medical Update on Robert Wickens from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, August 31

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Friday, Aug. 31, 2018) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens was transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 30 to continue treatment in his home of Indianapolis. He will soon undergo further surgery on his lower extremities. Wickens had been in the care of Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest since…

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Statement on the Driver of the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda

PORTLAND, Oregon (Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has announced that the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda has been entered for the final two races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. While Robert Wickens continues to recover from his injuries following an incident at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 19, Carlos Muñoz will compete…

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Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park

James Hinchcliffe No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “Pretty disappointing day obviously. We just didn’t have the pace in the fuel save mode and had to have been in a fuel save strategy twice which kinda puts in you the worst of both worlds. It was a tough day for us and not the…

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Medical Update on Robert Wickens from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, August 25

ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018) – For the first time following his Aug. 19 incident at Pocono Raceway, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens is breathing without medical assistance and speaking with his family. Robert’s family and the entire SPM organization are very pleased to share this information and wish everyone a safe race tonight in…

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