Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Tuesday that they have entered into a partnership with AFS Racing for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The No.7 One Cure Honda to be driven by Jay Howard will be a co-entry between SPM and AFS Racing with SPM personnel utilizing AFS Racing’s equipment.

Speaking about the news, SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt commented by saying:

Gary and I have been fierce competitors in Indy Lights for quite some time, but in spite of that, he and Tammi have become great friends off the track. Although he has decided to go sportscar racing, he still has a tremendous passion for the Indy 500 and everything it means in the world of motorsports. Gary brings not only quality assets to the program, but also vast experience and knowledge which will be very valuable throughout the month.

AFS Racing team owner Gary Peterson said:

I look forward to continuing my history in INDYCAR thanks to a good friendship with SPM. “Together, with Ric and Sam, we have a strong passion for the 500, and seeing my car be part of the 102nd running is very exciting. We have previously competed together with Martin Plowman and more recently, last season with Sebastian Saavedra. Based on that experience, I know what a quality program SPM has and how much they want to win.

Schmidt Peterson are running four cars for the 500 with James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens, Jack Harvey and Jay Howard.

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