Schmidt Peterson Motorsports unveiled their 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series liveries in Indianapolis on Thursday.
The event which took place at the Lucas Oil Stadium was attended by 100 lucky fans of the team. The SPM outfit showed off the familiar gold colour scheme for James Hinchcliffe who remains in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda car. Speaking about the news, Chairman, President and CEO of Arrow Electronics, Mike Long commented by saying:
Arrow Electronics is thrilled to expand our relationship with SPM, as we both guide innovation forward to help improve people’s lives. Five Years Out shows our commitment to building relationships with the most forward-looking companies in the world, embodied by the number 5 car.
Joining James Hinchcliffe at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this season and making his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg is Canadian Robert Wickens.
Wickens will drive the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda and speaking about the news, founder and president of Lucas Oil, Forrest Lucas commented by saying:
I’ve known Sam for over 20 years, and he is not only a great businessman, but a great friend. We’re very pleased to continue our relationship with him and all of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the years to come. Sam and Ric have done great things for their organization over the years, and I’m happy to be part of their story. 2018 should be a great year for all of us
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in conjunction with Michael Shank will run Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Radio Honda. Speaking about the news, Michael Shank commented by saying:
We are super excited to have AutoNation and SiriusXM onboard – it’s the cornerstone of our program. They are great partners with tremendous business backing. Our goal is to try and produce as many great results for them as possible, on and off the track, and bring them to the front of IndyCar racing this year. I am really excited to get to do this with them and everyone at SPM, and can’t wait to get started at St. Pete.
Chief Marketing Officer with AutoNation, Marc Cannon commented by saying:
“AutoNation is excited to partner with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and the Michael Shank Racing team. We look forward to an amazing 2018 season with the AutoNation/SiriusXM No. 60 car.
CEO of Sirius XM Jim Meyer commented by saying:
We are very pleased to work with Michael Shank Racing and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to expand our sponsorship to several races this season. We look forward to having SiriusXM represented on the car and supporting Jack Harvey and his team as they compete.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports also announced a number of other sponsorship deals with the likes of Launch Consulting, with the organisation CEO, Wud Pocinwong commented by saying:
We’re pumped to continue our long relationship with SPM as the Analytics & Machine Learning partner on the technical team. This multi-year extension gives us the opportunity to launch intelligent systems that accelerate race day decisions.
Coco Moon become the official coffee supplier to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and speaking about the news, Brad Gutwein commented by saying:
We are very excited to renew our multi-year partnership as the Official Coffee of SPM, furthering our relationship together presents a great opportunity to align our shared values and create new ways to support the team and their partners. We know providing our many specialty coffees to the SPM team will create the winning fuel to drive the team to victory on and off the track.
President of Ganesh Machinery Robert Serrano commented by saying:
Ganesh Machinery is excited about securing a multi-year agreement with SPM. Our GENMILL and GENTURN CNC machines help in manufacturing the state of the art components needed by SPM to secure winning results. We look forward in celebrating several wins and championships in the future.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner Sam Schmidt commented by saying:
It’s a really exciting time for our team. We have obviously made a lot of changes during the off-season, and I hope that our commitment to this series, our partners and the fans, is really showing. To be able to announce multi-year deals ahead of the season, and host a great event like today, is a testament to the people we have in our organization.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner Ric Peterson commented by saying:
With all of the different changes we’ve made the past few months, and seeing how involved and excited all of our partners are with those changes and where we’re taking the organization, I think 2018 is going to be a great year for SPM.