IPS: Sam Schmidt Motorsports signs Jon Brownson

SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES ITS NEXT DRIVER FOR 2008 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports has announced today that it has signed Colorado native Jon Brownson to drive one of its Indy Pro Series machines in the eight oval races of...

SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES ITS NEXT DRIVER FOR 2008

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports has announced today that it has signed Colorado native Jon Brownson to drive one of its Indy Pro Series machines in the eight oval races of the 2008 season.

Brownson will drive a machine sponsored by West Ridge Development.

"We are looking forward to running Jon at the oval events in 2008," team owner Sam Schmidt said. "We tested him last fall, and he is clearly as dedicated, if not more, than most drivers half his age. He diligently wants to succeed at this level, and we're going to work hard to make sure he surprises some people."

Previously, Brownson had driven for SWE Racing in the 2007 Indy Pro Series season. He made 13 starts with a best finish of eighth-place at the season finale at the Chicagoland Speedway.

He also competed in the Star Mazda Series for eight seasons highlighted by second-place results in the 2003 and 2004 Master's division championships.

In 2006, Brownson added the SCCA Formula Atlantic Rocky Mountion Region championship trophy to his resume.

"As an 'older, more experienced racer,' I've found that I have an affinity for ovals," Brownson said. "Over the years, I've found the best place to explore that is in the Indy Pro Series. After a year's experience, I've come to realize that Sam Schmidt Motorsports was going to be the place with the best possible chance to go forward.

"Ultimately, my goal would be to be the oldest rookie to race in the Indy 500. I don't want to be here as a freak show, but as a testament for what we can all do. Whether we get there or not, I think that the Sam Schmidt team is the best team to pursue that goal with.

"After the testing we've done this winter, I can't wait to get out on the ovals and keep these kids behind me. I hope to see them all in my rear view mirror!"

Outside of racing, Brownson is a land developer in his hometown of Breckenridge, Colo., and is also an accomplished ski racer having helped the University of Colorado win five national championships from 1971 through 1975 and then continuing competition internationally through 1984.

-credit: ssm

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Jon Brownson