The Tony Stewart Foundation and One Cure initiative have confirmed that they have picked Jay Howard as their driver for the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No.77 Honda for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28.
Howard who has 12 previous starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series commented by saying:
I can’t begin to tell you how honored I am to have this opportunity. “I’m not one to give up on a dream and I have every bit of determination to make this a successful effort for Tony, Team One Cure and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. I’m in the best condition both mentally and physically, and my race craft is on point. We will be more than ready when IMS opens for practice this May.
Speaking about Howard’s appointment to the team, Tony Stewart, the former Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Series champion who founded the One Cure charity as a result of his love on and animals commented by saying:
I have every bit of confidence in the skills of Jay behind the wheel. Growing up 45 minutes from the Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 is an important part of my racing history. Participating in this year’s race with Jay and Sam through Team One Cure, we will be making a difference in both the 500 and the race against cancer.
Speaking about the addition of Howard to the team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team co-owner Sam Schmidt commented by saying:
We are pleased to have Jay competing with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports once again. “Given our impressive winning record together in the past, we have high expectations for the 101st Indy 500. Jay is extremely talented in the car as well as being a great advocate for the Team One Cure initiative.
Howard will join Schmidt Peterson Motorsports full-time drivers James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin for the race.