Sam Schmidt Motorsports signs Winslow for St. Pete

JAMES WINSLOW TO JOIN SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS IN ST. PETERSBURG FOR FIRST RACE OF 2010 INDIANAPOLIS -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports announced today that Briton James Winslow will join the team in contesting the opening round of the 2010 Firestone...

JAMES WINSLOW TO JOIN SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS IN ST. PETERSBURG FOR FIRST RACE OF 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports announced today that Briton James Winslow will join the team in contesting the opening round of the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season at the street circuit in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

Winslow already has some seat time behind the wheel of the Sam Schmidt Motorsports machine as he has tested with the team before, but his race debut with the team will also be his first in Firestone Indy Lights. During testing, he proved to be quick and competitive with others on the track.

"The multiple years that James has had in various levels of European open-wheel racing should make him an instant contender in this series," team owner, Sam Schmidt, said. "He's proven to be quick across the pond, and he's showed us he's quick here in our cars. We're looking forward to seeing what he can do on the track."

Winslow said, "I'm very happy to be joining with Sam Schmidt Motorsports to race. We were very quick together in testing, and that's no surprise given the professionalism that the team displays. I had a little taste of American racing last year, and I'm ready to get back into it for this year."

Though his background is in the European formula ladder, Winslow did race in a handful of Atlantic Series races in 2009, and at one point, was near a deal to race in the former Champ Car series. He looks to use this opportunity to showcase himself to move on to one day racing in the premiere IZOD IndyCar Series.

As a charitable effort, Winslow's car will be displaying the Bright Side of the Road Foundation logo, a non-profit organization that raises funds for ALS research (www.brightsideoftheroad.org).

-source: ssm

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Series Indy Lights
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