Jay Howard to field SPM entry in 101st Indy 500

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Six years after his first Month of May, Jay Howard is set to return to the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Penngrade Motor Oil.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced Monday that Howard, the 2006 Indy Lights champion, will pilot the team’s No. 77 Honda entry in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ with sponsorship from Team One Cure, an effort backed by IndyCar and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart.

“I can’t begin to tell you how honored I am to have this opportunity,” Howard said in a release. “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 race craft is on point. We will be more than ready when IMS opens for practice this May.”

Howard has 12-career IndyCar starts to date, including his one IndyCar foray in 2011, wherein he finished 30th.

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.”

The 36-year-old has prior experience with Schmidt, having piloted what was then a Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry to a championship in Indy Lights in 2006. The Briton will join full-time drivers James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin to complete the currently-announced Indy 500 lineup.

“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.”

 

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