Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner Ric Peterson says he hopes by signing Robert Wickens for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will help the team to be more competitive and consistent in the series when it comes to getting strong results.
The Indianapolis based outfit struggled in 2017 with James Hinchcliffe’s win at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach the highlight of their season, Hinch also scored podiums in Toronto and in the Chevrolet Duel in Detroit race 1.
Hinchcliffe will have a new race engineer in 2018 following the departure of Allan McDonald with Schmidt yet to announce who his replacement will be or who Wickens will have as his engineer in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda. Petro-Canada who sponsor Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda are likely to expand their partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with increased branding on the No.7 Honda.
The arrival of Robert Wickens to the team also means that there is greater scope for more Canadian businesses to get involved in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsport having ‘Team Canada’ on the grid for the new season which gets underway on March 11 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.