The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Verizon IndyCar team have revealed that they are in talks with several candidates to take up the third SPM Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.
There are less than three months to go until the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and with that in mind team’s are beginning to finalize sponsors and line ups for the iconic race. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports are no different with Sam Schmidt revealing that they are in talks with a number of parties about the third car.
Whoever gets the seat will partner SPM’s regular line up of James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 and Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 car.
Stewart Haas Racing NASCAR driver Brian Vickers who is currently filling in for the injured Tony Stewart is in talks with Sam Schmidt as is 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves who was dropped from Bryan Herta Autosport for the 2016 season after the team merged with Michael Andretti’s Andretti Autosport organisation to field Alexander Rossi for the 2016 campaign in the No.98 Castrol Edge Honda.
Indianapolis 500 veteran Townsend Bell is also in talks with Schmidt as too are the Grace Autosport team who will field Katherine Legge. It is also believed that Beth Paretta’s team are also in talks with other teams about potential partnerships.
The Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be one to remember this year as it will be the 100th running of the race, and speaking to Paddock Eye on Monday afternoon when asked what makes racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so special? Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe stated:
You know why? I honestly think it just comes down to the history of the place. It’s obviously a very challenging race track but there challenging race tracks in other parts of the world that other series race on or whatever but Indianapolis just has something you can’t buy. You can give Hermann Tilke an unlimited budget and some country no one has ever heard of and say hey, build a great new race track and that’s fine but you just can’t buy history, and this is the longest running race, our 100th running, one of the oldest race tracks in the country, probably the world and when you look at whose raced here, the races that have happened here, it’s the who’s who of racing greats and legends and it’s some of the greatest races of all time and that’s just not something you can buy so for me, that’s what makes Indy Indy, it’s just 100 years now of history and tradition that you simply can’t replicate.