IPS: Sam Schmidt Motorsports to test new talent

SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS TO TEST NEW TALENT INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports, in partnership with the Indy Pro Series, will be hosting a test session on October 22nd and 23rd in Sebring, Fla., with drivers Cole Morgan and James ...

SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS TO TEST NEW TALENT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports, in partnership with the Indy Pro Series, will be hosting a test session on October 22nd and 23rd in Sebring, Fla., with drivers Cole Morgan and James Davison taking turns behind the wheel.

Morgan, a 19-year old native of Florida, won the 2007 Hankook F2000 Championship Series title by finishing in the top five in nine of the ten races he entered, including six race wins.

Along with the championship, Morgan's credentials include many successes in go-kart racing and a second-place finish at the 2006 SCCA Runoffs in the Formula Continental class.

"I am so grateful for this opportunity," Morgan said. "Sam Schmidt has built the most dominant team in the Indy Pro Series, and to be able to test with them is a dream come true. It really shows how committed Sam is to open-wheel racing in the U.S. People as generous as him are few and far between in such a cut-throat sport.

"I am confident I can adapt to the car quickly and perform very well at Sebring. I know I will be working with the best equipment available, and hopefully, we will have a very successful test."

Davison, 21, is currently second in the 2007 Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear. His season, so far, is highlighted with three pole positions and three wins (though two were subsequently taken away due to penalties).

Among Davison's other career highlights includes a win at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2005 United States Grand Prix weekend where he won a Formula BMW support race.

Having won there once, the Indy bug has bit him, and Davison aspires to win there again.

"I must thank Sam for showing an interest and believing in me," Davison said. "My expectations for the test will be to build a working relationship with the team and get an understanding of the car as the horsepower and weight will be new to me. After becoming comfortable, I expect myself to be fast and prove my worth to the team."

The test is one of the preliminary steps that will take place before Sam Schmidt Motorsports sets out in defending its championship title in 2008.

"It seems like we have to reinvent the wheel every year," Schmidt said. "We've had a lot of talented drivers do great things in our cars in the past, but the pressure is always on to continue running well with new drivers every year."

The 2008 Indy Pro Series season kicks off its 16-race schedule on March 29th at the Homestead-Miami Speedway where Sam Schmidt Motorsports will enter as defending race and series champions.

Schmidt's team is the dominating force in the Indy Pro Series having won three of the last four driver championships and holding the series record for most wins.

"Personally, offering this test is very rewarding as I only wished this type of opportunity was available when I won the FC National Championship in 1993. I applaud series organizers for making this happen," Schmidt said.

-credit: ssm

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