FREEDOM 100 WINNING PACKAGE OF IZOD, WADE CUNNINGHAM, AND SAM SCHMIDT REUNITE

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports announced today that Wade Cunningham will return to the cockpit of the #77 IZOD/Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry for the season finale of the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The trio of IZOD, Cunningham, and Sam Schmidt Motorsports had a successful debut in May where the team dominated the Freedom 100 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The win gave Cunningham his third victory in the race and the team's fifth overall.

"We're excited to have IZOD on board with us for the season finale, and I have to thank them for affording us the opportunity to put Wade in the car," team owner, Sam Schmidt, said. "This was a strong combination of sponsor and driver in May, and we're confident that we can produce a similar performance this weekend in Miami."

Cunningham, who hasn't competed in Firestone Indy Lights since his May win, looks forward to getting back into the cockpit.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get into a competitive car with the Sam Schmidt team," Cunningham said. "They've been a good bunch to work with, and I know anytime I step into one of their cars, I've got a good shot to win. I also have to thank IZOD for getting involved in the program. We had a good run in Indy, and I hope we can deliver for them again in Homestead and head into the off-season with some good momentum to try and build a program to step up into IndyCar in some capacity with the partners we've been working with."

Cunningham's best finish at Homestead was a fourth in 2005. He'll look to get his ninth-career victory and fourth with the Sam Schmidt team when the green flag drops for Saturday night's race.

-source: ssm