Jay Howard to race for Schmidt Peterson at Indy
Former Indy Lights champion Jay Howard will race the #77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda at this year’s Indy 500 under the Team One Cure banner, a primary program of the Tony Stewart Foundation.
Howard, who took the 2006 Indy Lights title for what was then called Sam Schmidt Motorsports, has made 13 IndyCar starts, including one Indy 500 where he qualified 20th but was classified 30th on raceday.
"I can't begin to tell you how honored I am to have this opportunity," said the 36-year-old Briton. "I'm not one to give up on a dream and I have every bit of determination to make this a successful effort for Tony, Team One Cure and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. I'm in the best condition both mentally and physically, and my racecraft is on point.
“We will be more than ready when IMS opens for practice this May."
Team One Cure, in partnership with the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center, aims to help educate people about comparative oncology and improve the lives of pet and people cancer patients.
Stewart remarked, "I have every bit of confidence in the skills of Jay behind the wheel. Growing up 45 minutes from the Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 is an important part of my racing history. Participating in this year's race with Jay and Sam through Team One Cure, we will be making a difference in both the 500 and the race against cancer."
"We are pleased to have Jay competing with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports once again," said SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt. "Given our impressive winning record together in the past, we have high expectations for the 101st Indy 500. Jay is extremely talented in the car as well as being a great advocate for the Team One Cure initiative."
Howard is now a driver coach, and last year ran a team in the Formula 4 United States series.
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|Location||Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Teams||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports|