Indianapolis: After analyzing all the possible alternatives to facilitate a two-car effort at this year's Indianapolis 500, owner Sam Schmidt has decided on a joint effort with PDM Racing for rookie driver Anthony Lazzaro. PDM Racing will provide...
Indianapolis: After analyzing all the possible alternatives to facilitate a two-car effort at this year's Indianapolis 500, owner Sam Schmidt has decided on a joint effort with PDM Racing for rookie driver Anthony Lazzaro. PDM Racing will provide the car, equipment and crew.
"We looked at all the options as well as our sponsor obligations and feel this is the best decision to maximize the competitiveness of the entries," said Schmidt. "PDM already had an established team and experience working with rookies especially at Indy. Additionally, this will not cause any impact to the preparations or work load on my other entry or for Treadway Racing."
Lazzaro will drive the # 99 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Racing Special with Paul Murphy as the chief mechanic and PDM co-owner, Paul Diatlovich, handling the engineering.
"We at PDM Racing have diligently pursued working with Anthony in the past," said Diatlovich. "We think Anthony is a truly talented driver. We really have to thank Sam Schmidt Motorsports for making this opportunity possible to meld our two operations together."
PDM and Lazzaro will be running a Chevrolet powered Dallara as will the #20 Grill2GO entry, driven by Mark Dismore, and plan to share information between engineers and drivers.
"I'm just really looking forward to my first month of May in Indy," said Lazzaro. "I have to thank Sam (Schmidt) for his continued support and making this opportunity happen. I do look forward to working with the experienced PDM team. Paul has been involved at the Speedway for over twenty-five years and that experience will be invaluable to me. The ability to share information with Mark (Dismore) will be a great help."
The on-track operations for the #20 Grill2Go entry will be handled by Treadway-Hubbard Racing. Phil McRobert will be the crew chief and Tim Neff will handle the engineering.