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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports logo.png
Base Indianapolis, Indiana
Team principal(s) Sam Schmidt
Ric Peterson
Davey Hamilton
Current series IndyCar Series
Indy Lights
Current drivers IndyCar Series
James Hinchcliffe
Mikhail Aleshin
Indy Lights
Scott Anderson
RC Enerson
Jack Harvey
Ethan Ringel
Santiago Urrutia
Drivers'
Championships
Indy Lights:
2004: Thiago Medeiros
2006: Jay Howard
2007: Alex Lloyd
2010: Jean-Karl Vernay
2011: Josef Newgarden
2012: Tristan Vautier
2013: Sage Karam

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, also doing business as Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, is an auto racing team in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The team, formerly Sam Schmidt Motorsports, is owned by quadriplegic former driver Sam Schmidt. Ex-driver Davey Hamilton late joined with Schmidt in 2011 to form Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports. For 2013, Oculus Transport CEO Ric Peterson joined Hamilton and Schmidt, renaming it Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Schmidt's injury and team origins[edit]

On January 6, 2000, Sam Schmidt was in Orlando, Florida practicing at the Walt Disney World Speedway. As his car exited turn two, it hit the wall with a tremendous impact. Schmidt was airlifted to a nearby hospital in extremely critical condition. He was diagnosed as a quadriplegic, the result of a severe injury to his spinal cord at the C-3/C-4 levels and was on a respirator for 5 months.[1] In 2001, just 14 months after his accident and at the urging of his wife and parents, Schmidt announced the formation of Sam Schmidt Motorsports. Undeterred by his injury, Schmidt travels more than 120 days a year on behalf of the team.

History[edit]

For 2011, SSM purchased the assets of FAZZT Race Team, retaining some the personnel and all sponsors, including Alex Tagliani. Townsend Bell, Jay Howard, and Wade Cunningham also drove for SSM in the 2011 IndyCar Series season.

Davey Hamilton began 2001 in the car and drove 5 races, including the team's first Indianapolis 500, ending with an injury at Texas Motor Speedway. He was replaced by Jaques Lazier who drove four races and 3 other drivers who drove a few races each. Richie Hearn made 9 starts for the team in 2002 as he switched between the team's 2 cars, the No. 99 and No. 20. Anthony Lazzaro drove in the first three races of the year in the No. 99, but handed over Indy 500 driving duties to Mark Dismore, who made his only start for the team in that year's '500'.

Also, in 2002, the Indy Pro Series was founded and Schmidt eventually refocused its efforts on that series, running only the Indy 500 as its sole IndyCar series race with a car driven from 2003 to 2005 by Hearn and in 2006 by Airton Daré. In 2007 the team fielded a car in the Indy 500 for Buddy Lazier. In 2008, while the team did not field a car of its own, it prepared and engineered Rubicon Race Team's entry for Max Papis that failed to qualify after suffering numerous gearbox problems during qualifying. The team made a joint entry with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2009 Indianapolis 500, piloted by Alex Lloyd. The arrangement with Chip Ganassi continued in 2010 for the Indy 500 with Townsend Bell driving. In 2012 SSM fielded a car for Frenchman Simon Pagenaud. Davey Hamilton joined Schmidt to field the number 77 car. Pagenaud went on to win the IZOD IndyCar Rookie of the Year Award.

Chris Griffis, the team manager for Sam Schmidt Motorsports' Indy Lights team, died on September 12, 2011. He was 46.[2] Just over a month later, at the 2011 season finale, Dan Wheldon died after he was involved in a 15-car wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Wheldon was driving the No. 98 in a joint deal between SSM and Bryan Herta Autosport

For the following year, Schmidt Hamilton reunited with Pagenaud for the full season backed by Hewlett-Packard. Pagenaud would score four podiums that year, while Bell returned for the Indianapolis 500" finishing 9th. In 2013, Pagenaud would be teamed with another Frenchman, Tristan Vautier, for the season. Schmidt would also bring on another investor, former Champ Car Atlantic owner Ric Peterson. While Vautier had a best finish of 10th, Pagenaud would score two wins for Schmidt at Detroit Round 2 and Baltimore, finishing third in points. Vautier was released at the end of 2013 and replaced by Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin. Pagenaud would go on to win the inaugural GP of Indianapolis and finish 5th in points. Aleshin would carry multiple top-10 finishes with a best finish of second at Houston round 2. However, a crash at Fontana ruled him out of the finale, and visa restrictions forced Aleshin to sit out 2015. Pagenaud would leave for Team Penske, with SPM taking on James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes. While the team would have a 1-3 finish at 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana with Hinchcliffe winning, the season would come undone at Indianapolis. During qualifying. Hinchcliffe crashed hard in turns 1-2 and was airlifted to a hospital. Eventually forced out due to his injuries, Ryan Briscoe and Conor Daly shared the car for the remainder of the year.

For 2016, Hinchcliffe and Aleshin would return to SPM. While neither driver scored a victory, Hinchcliffe would lose a close battle in Texas to Graham Rahal, while Aleshin would win his first pole at Pocono Raceway and Hinchcliffe sat on pole for the 100th Indianapolis 500.

Indy Lights[edit]

Schmidt's Indy Pro Series – later Indy Lights – program has been one of the most successful in the series' recent history, winning the 2004 championship with Thiago Medeiros, the 2006 title with Jay Howard, and the 2007 title with Alex Lloyd. After two less successful seasons, it captured its third championship in 2010 with Jean-Karl Vernay. Once again on top the team took home a 2012 Lights championship title with Tristan Vautier. For 2013 the team's Indy Lights drivers were Jack Hawksworth, Gabby Chaves, and Sage Karam. Karam won the championship in 2013, becoming the eighth rookie to become series champion.[3]

Schmidt fielded four drivers in 2014. Jack Harvey was runner-up with four wins and ten podiums in fourteen races. Luiz Razia ended fifth with one win and five podiums. Juan Pablo García finished sixth and Juan Piedrahita was seventh, both with no podiums. In 2015, Harvey was runner-up again with two wins and eight podiums in sixteen races. RC Enerson finished fourth with one win and five podiums. Scott Anderson and Ethan Ringel ended ninth and eleventh respectively with one podium each.

For 2016, Schmidt would field cars for Santiago Urrutia and Andre Negrao. While Urrutia would win the most races of any driver, he would lose the Lights title to Ed Jones of Carlin. In late 2016, Schmidt announced that he would end his Indy Lights program, wanting to divert resources to the team's IndyCar program.

In April 2017, Schmidt Peterson announced a driver development program partnership with Indy Lights team Belardi Auto Racing. As part of the deal, Schmidt Peterson sponsor Arrow Electronics will also sponsor Belardi driver Santiago Urrutia.[4]

IndyCar Series drivers[edit]

1Run in association with AFS Racing
2Run in association with SMP Racing

Racing results[edit]

Complete IRL IndyCar Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
2001 Dallara IR-01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 PHX HMS ATL INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY GAT CHI TXS
United States Davey Hamilton 99 12 19 18 23 24
United States Richie Hearn 9 6
United States Jaques Lazier 19 18 3 12
United States Alex Barron 21
United States Anthony Lazzaro 44 18 13
2002 Dallara IR-02 Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS PHX FON NAZ INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH KTY GAT CHI TXS
United States Mark Dismore 99 32
United States Jimmy Kite DNQ
United States Anthony Lazzaro 9 17 9 DNQ
55 22
20 DNS
United States Greg Ray 17 14
United States Richie Hearn 6 12 7 10 4 10 24
99 14 9
2003 G-Force GF09 Toyota Indy V8 HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH GAT KTY NAZ CHI FON TXS
United States Richie Hearn 99 28
2004 G-Force GF09B Toyota Indy V8 HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR NAZ CHI FON TXS
United States Richie Hearn 33 20
2005 Panoz GF09C Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS PHX STP MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON
United States Richie Hearn 70 25
2006 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI6R V8 HMS STP MOT INDY WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY SNM CHI
Brazil Airton Daré 88 18
2007 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 HMS STP MOT KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO MCH KTY SNM DET CHI
United States Buddy Lazier 99 19
2009 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI9R V8 STP LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS
United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 99 13
2010 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI10R V8 SAO STP ALA LBH KAN INDY TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT HMS
United States Townsend Bell 99 16
2011 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI11R V8 STP ALA LBH SAO INDY TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHM SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV
Canada Alex Tagliani 77 6 15 5 19 28 4 14 18 16 23 17 6 19 20 7 4
United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 14 C
United Kingdom Jay Howard 88 30 15 20
United States Townsend Bell 99 26
New Zealand Wade Cunningham 29 26
17 7 C
United Kingdom Martin Plowman 18 12 11
Japan Hideki Mutoh 18
2012 Dallara DW12 Honda HI12TT V6t STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET TEX MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO SNM BAL FON
France Simon Pagenaud 77 6 5 2 12 16 3 6 12 5 12 20 3 7 3 15
United States Townsend Bell 99 9
2013 Dallara DW12 Honda HI13TT V6t STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR MDO SNM BAL HOU FON
France Tristan Vautier 55 21 10 17 16 16 11 14 18 21 13 19 19 16 21 12 11 22 11 21
France Simon Pagenaud 77 24 6 8 9 8 12 1 13 12 6 6 9 12 2 5 1 4 6 13
United Kingdom Katherine Legge 81 26
2014 Dallara DW12 Honda HI14TT V6t STP LBH ALA IMS INDY DET TXS HOU POC IOW TOR MDO MIL SNM FON
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 5 14
Russia Mikhail Aleshin 7 12 6 22 25 21 17 7 9 23 2 7 21 11 23 14 8 7 DNS
France Simon Pagenaud 77 5 5 4 1 12 22 6 4 16 1* 6 11 4 22 9 7 3 20
2015 Dallara DW12 Honda HI15TT V6t STP NOL LBH ALA IMS INDY DET TXS TOR FON MIL IOW MDO POC SNM
Canada James Hinchcliffe 5 16 1 12 7 12 Wth
Australia Ryan Briscoe 12 8 15 21 8 18 8 5
United States Conor Daly 19 6 12
43 33
United Kingdom James Jakes 7 22 3 19 22 18 18 12 15 9 21 7 23 15 16 10 25
Russia Mikhail Aleshin 77 10
2016 Dallara DW12 Honda HI16TT V6t STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY DET ROA IOW TOR MDO POC TXS WGL SNM
Canada James Hinchcliffe 5 19 18 8 6 3 7 18 21 14 9 3 5 10 2* 18 12
Russia Mikhail Aleshin 7 5 17 16 17 13 27 15 17 16 5 6 17* 2* 16 22 11
Spain Oriol Servià 77 12
2017 Dallara DW12 Honda HI17TT V6t STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT WGL SNM
Canada James Hinchcliffe 5 9 1 7 12 13 22
Russia Mikhail Aleshin 7 14 12 10 17 18 13
United Kingdom Jay Howard 77 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Sam's story, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, May 21, 2014
  2. ^ "Indy Lights manager Chris Griffis dies". ESPN.com. ESPN Inc. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (October 19, 2013). "Karam secures title; Munoz wins fourth race". IndyCar. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Schmidt Peterson Motorsports partners with Belardi - Indy Lights, 20 April 2017

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