The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Verizon IndyCar Series team have had an extremely busy winter as they prepare for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
The Indianapolis based outfit unveiled their 2018 liveries at the Lucas Oil Stadium in down-town Indianapolis earlier this week. For 2018, the team have a new driver with Canadian Robert Wickens making the full-time switch to the Verizon IndyCar Series from the German Touring Car Championship.
Wickens will drive the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda alongside fellow Canadian and friend James Hinchcliffe. Wickens will make his fill-time series debut in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which takes place from March 9-11.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will run a third car for select races in 2018 starting with the Honda Indy Toronto with England’s Jack Harvey joining the team with the help of Michael Shank Racing. Harvey will drive the No.60 Sirius XM AutoNation Honda having signed a multi-year contract with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Michael Shank Racing.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports were selected by Honda to test the new 2018 universal aero-skit with Spanish Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Oriol Servia having conducted testing for the series in 2017 alongside Juan Pablo Montoya who was testing the Chevrolet aero-kit with Team Penske.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have also expanded their team with new personnel joining the outfit.
The biggest news to come from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports over the winter was the announcement last month that long time LeMans 24 Hour race engineer Leena Gade has joined the outfit as James Hinchcliffe’s lead race engineer.
Gade becomes the first female lead race engineer in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team co-owner Sam Schmidt said during the launch of his outfits new liveries that he is just looking forward to going racing with the new era cars.