Schmidt Peterson Motorsports confirmed on Friday that Jay Howard will return to the team for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May. Howard who drove in last year’s event with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the No.77 Lucas Oil Honda will drive the No.7 One Cure Honda.
The Englishman commented on the news saying:
To say I am excited is an understatement,” said Howard. “There are no words to describe how happy I am to be representing CSU’s One Cure initiative – it’s an honor to be flying the green and black colors! One Cure’s goal is to raise awareness and funding for the Flint Animal Cancer Center to continue the fight against cancer; on race day, we will be fighting for something more than just the Borg Warner trophy. I also want to thank everyone at SPM and Honda for this opportunity. It will be great to be back with the team.
Howard joins James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda, Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda and fellow Englishman Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda for the most famous motor race on the planet.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team co-owner Sam Schmidt commented saying:
The One Cure brand has become increasingly visible in motorsports the past few years, but we still have a long way to go explaining the cutting-edge cancer research happening at CSU and how race fans can contribute in a meaningful way. “With the full force of Jay and SPM, we’re developing an engaging activation plan heading into the month of May that will steer fans in the right direction and ultimately accelerate the pace and number of clinical trials. Having seen the Flint Animal Cancer Center with my own two eyes, I’m confident we can deliver critical resources to One Cure that will have a lasting impact.
Director of the Flint Animal Cancer Centre, Dr Rodney Page commented by saying:
Thanks to a wonderful benefactor, we are excited for the opportunity again this year to partner with Jay Howard and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. “Jay is a wonderful spokesperson for our One Cure initiative, and with his help, we will continue to engage new friends in our work. With additional support, we will find more answers to our cancer questions as we race towards a cure for both pets and people.