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Friday, August 5, 2011

Schmidt Joins Honda In '12

Honda Racing announced on Friday morning that Sam Schmidt Motorsports will join the growing list Honda powered teams in 2012.

“We believe that Sam, Team Manager Rob Edwards and the rest of the Sam Schmidt Motorsports team have established a solid foundation for future success," said Erik Berkman, president of Honda Performance Development and VP, corporate planning and logistics, for American Honda. "We look forward to working with them to achieve our joint goals of race wins and IndyCar Series championships"

Schmidt is the third team to commit to Honda next season. Earlier this year Chip Ganassi Racing and A.J. Foyt Racing announced they'll be sticking with the sole IndyCar engine supplier since 2007.

I have raced with Honda and against Honda, and I would always wish to race with them. Racing is part of Honda’s DNA,” said SSM team manager Rob Edwards. “We look forward to working with the other Honda-powered teams to develop the 2012 IndyCar package and continue Honda’s winning heritage.”

Testing on the next generation Indy car is set to kick-off this Monday at Mid-Ohio Motorsports park. The test is closed to both the public and media.

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