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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Indianapolis 500 Testing Friday

Four teams and eleven drivers are scheduled to test on the famed 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway race course on Friday. Those teams and drivers include:

Chip Ganassi Racing
-Scott Dixon
-Tony Kanaan
-Charlie Kimball
-Max Chilton

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
-James Hinchcliffe
-Mikhail Aleshin

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
-Graham Rahal

Team Penske
-Helio Castroneves
-Will Power
-Simon Pagenaud
-Josef Newgarden

Fans can get a taste of May in March by watching the eight hour test from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, with parking in the Museum lot. The track is available for testing from 9am to noon and again from 1pm to 5pm.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Schmidt Signs Howard To Drive Indy Entry

A month ago Tony Stewart and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced a partnership to run the No. 77 Team One Cure entry in May's Indianapolis 500. Today, Jay Howard was announced to drive the car.

"I can't begin to tell you how honored I am to have this opportunity," said Howard. "I'm not one to give up on a dream and I have every bit of determination to make this a successful effort for Tony, Team One Cure and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. I'm in the best condition both mentally and physically, and my race craft is on point. We will be more than ready when IMS opens for practice this May."

Howard will be making his 4th attempt and if all goes well his 2nd Indianapolis 500 start.

The British driver was tabbed to drive for Roth Racing in 2008, but was replaced during practice by John Andretti.

In 2010 he was back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this time with Sarah Fisher Racing. On the bubble, the team withdrew his time to prevent another car from making an attempt. Unfortunately, his new time was too slow, failing to qualify for the 2nd time.

Sam Schmidt Motorsports gave Howard his 3rd attempt in 2011, this time he solidly made the field, starting in the middle of Row 7. He finished 30th.

In total, Howard has made 12 starts with 3 teams. His last IndyCar Series track time came at the 2011 season finale in Las Vegas.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kalkhoven and Vasser Release Statements

Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser, KV Racing Technology co-owners, released the following statements Thursday afternoon via press release.

KV Racing Technology co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven:
“I want to thank all those who have written to express their appreciation of the efforts of KV Racing Technology during the last 14 years,” said Kalkhoven. “However as I approach 73, I feel I can no longer give the team the effort and support it and the team members deserve.

“I have really enjoyed my time in the series, helping with reunification and of course winning the greatest spectacle in racing… the Indianapolis 500!

“It is my firm belief that the series is on a major upswing under the leadership of Mark Miles and Jay Frye and has a bright future. I remain committed to help in any way I can, particularly in encouraging new owners and sponsors. In particular Ricardo Juncos, to whom we will be offering our support.

“To all the fans who follow the series, and cheered for KVRT, my heartfelt thanks and please spread the good word about the fantastic sport we have.“ 

KV Racing Technology co-owner Jimmy Vasser:
“First and foremost I want to thank all the fans who have supported the team over the years. I also want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven for giving me the special and unique opportunity to transition from a driver to a team owner while I was still driving

“I am very proud to have been a part of this team and I will always cherish all the great people and drivers we worked side-by-side with to achieve our successes
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“It has been a journey of many ups and downs, but I will always remember winning the 2013 Indy 500.

“IndyCar racing has been a part of my life for 25 years, it is in my soul and it will be interesting to see where it takes me from here.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Steak 'n Shake Returns With Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced Wednesday morning the return of Steak 'n Shake to the team's sponsor lineup in 2017.

The popular chain of restaurants, owned by Biglari Holdings, will serve as Graham Rahal's primary sponsor in St. Pete, the Indianapolis 500, Mid-Ohio and Gateway.

“The partnership with Rahal, Letterman and Lanigan has exceeded all expectations. We’re excited to support such a legendary team in its efforts for another winning season,” said Sardar Biglari, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Biglari Holdings Inc.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Stewart To Sponsor Car In '500'

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced Tuesday morning a joint venture with Tony Stewart for the team's No. 77 entry in May's Indianapolis 500.

The entry will come in the form of Team One Cure, an initiative setup by The Tony Stewart Foundation. The project is meant to create awareness of the Colorado Sate University Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC) and their work on cancer treatments for both people and pets.

“We learned that with the One Cure program, cancer treatment breakthroughs are happening through collaboration between scientists and doctors working with both people and pets,” Stewart said. “It perfectly fits with my foundation’s missions to help children and animals. Sam Schmidt represents the very best in an injured racer overcoming adversity, plus we share the passion to win at IMS.”

According to the SPM release, the driver will be announced soon.