INDIANAPOLIS – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Honda and Honda Performance Development announced Friday that the level of partnership between the respective parties will increase for 2018 and beyond.
SPM will also continue as a Honda-powered team in the Verizon IndyCar Series through the 2020 season.
“Our technical partners give us an increased engineering capability which, in turn, gives HPD the confidence in us as a team to take our partnership to the next level,” said SPM General Manager Piers Phillips. “Our contract extension is the culmination of everyone’s hard work.”
“One of the things that we’re extremely excited about is working closer technically with HPD for the benefit of not only our program, but for all Honda programs in the IndyCar Series. We’re really excited for the next three years and hoping to win a lot of races, some Indy 500s and championships.”
Since its first full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2011 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has been a Honda-powered team.
Together, the pairing has secured six wins, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions, four pole positions overall and three top-five finishes in the championship points standings.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in their capability, and our expectations are a lot higher,” said HPD President Art St. Cyr. “Their engineering talent, their ability to analyze what’s going on from one race to the next and really be able to up their game each session has really impressed us. We are going to be relying on Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to help us gather base data that is going to be the source of our programs like HPD Dynamic, our simulator, and those types of activities that we will be feeding across to all of our Honda teams to make sure that all of them raise their game.
“As we move forward with our manufacturer testing, SPM is going to be one of our key teams to really help us characterize the kits and make sure we can understand what are the strengths, what are the weaknesses and how we can maximize the ability of that kit to get the speed on track.”
HPD and SPM will resume testing of the 2018 universal aero kit later this month at Sebring International Raceway.
CREDIT: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports