IndyCar Q&A with Ric Peterson, Sam Schmidt and Jacques Villeneuve

Q. Jacques, why come back now after so long being away?  I think it will be the longest period between starts for any driver?  JACQUES VILLENEUVE: There’s a few reasons. The first one, it’s also a question of opportunity. The opportunity came about with Sam Schmidt. We started talking not long ago, actually a few weeks ago. It all went fast. The discussions happened at the...
Via Formula 1 Blog
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Villeneuve to race at Indy 500

IF the return of Juan Pablo Montoya (JPM) wasn’t exciting enough for Indycar fans, then perhaps the 1995 champion, Jacques Villeneuve’s appearance on this year’s grid will be the icing on the cake. According to AUTOWEEK, Jacque Villeneuve (JV) will be making a comeback at 43-years-old: “Villeneuve, who turns 43 on April 9, will drive a car entered by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Davey Hamilton Renews Partnership with Schmidt for 2014 Season

  IndyCar Media Site INDIANAPOLIS- It was looking like Davey Hamilton was going to just focus on the radio side of things for the upcoming IndyCar Series season. Hamilton, is a radio analyst for the IMS Radio Network and was also a partner with Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports over the last two years. His name though wasn’t a part of the 2014 team as the primary sponsor HP left,...
Via Race Review Online
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Mikhail Aleshin signs with Sam Schmidt for 2014

For the first time, a Russian will get behind the wheel of an IndyCar in 2014 as Mikahil Aleshin has signed with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, joining Simon Pagenaud. Aleshin has spent the last few years in lower formulas in Europe, most notably in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, where he took the season championship in 2010. He also dabbled in Formula 2 and GP2 during that time...
Via Formula 1 Blog
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Questionable Move by Schmidt to Sign Mikhail Aleshin

  Photo Courtesy of Indianapolis, IN- In some of the strangest news very early Friday morning, Sam Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports signed Russian Mikhail Aleshin to drive their second IndyCar Series entry in 2014. Aleshin replaces 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Tristian Vautier in the second SPM entry joining Simon Pagenaud. The move is all around questionable and...
Via Race Review Online
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

IndyCar: What a weekend for Sam Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports in Baltimore

Baltimore, MD- Sam Schmidt has to be leaving the 2.04-mile street circuit of Baltimore as one very happy guy. All of his drivers performed very well in the two series’ races this weekend. First off, his drivers in the Izod IndyCar Series Simon Pagenaud and Tristian Vautier dominated the action Friday in the two 45-minute practice sessions. The rookie Vautier was the quickest while...
Via Race Review Online
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Schmidt trying to get 2 cars in before adding car

Sam Schmidt is content to wait another day before hiring a third driver for the Indianapolis 500. The owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports told The Associated Press on Friday he has not hired a driver for the No. 99 car but might if his two other drivers safely qualify Saturday. Schmidt's other drivers are Simon Pageland, last year's IndyCar rookie of the year, and rookie...
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May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Tristan Vautier joins Sam Schmidt's IndyCar team

Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier is stepping up to the IndyCar Series with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The signing announced Tuesday makes Sam Schmidt's organization a two-car IndyCar Series team. Vautier will team with Simon Pagenaud, last year's IndyCar rookie of the year. The two French drivers worked together in December during a test at Sebring. Vautier won...
Via AP on Fox
January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Bell will drive Schmidt's second entry

Townsend Bell has confirmed to The Associated Press that he will enter the Indianapolis 500 with team owner Sam Schmidt. Schmidt filed a second entry for the May 27 race, but did not announce a driver. Bell drove for Schmidt in the Indy 500 the last two seasons, and he will attempt to qualify the No. 99 Schmidt Pelfrey Motorsports entry this time around. He'll have a Honda...
Via AP on Fox
May 03, 2012  |  Discuss

France's Pagenaud to drive for Schmidt in IndyCar

Sam Schmidt Motorsports has hired Simon Pagenaud to drive in the 2012 IndyCar season. The 27-year-old French native was a factory driver last season for Honda at the 12 Hours of Sebring and for Peugeot at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and made three IndyCar starts, replacing different injured drivers. In 2006, Pagenaud won the Champ Car Atlantic title with Derrick Walker's team,...
Via AP on Fox
December 08, 2011  |  Discuss

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