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Conor Daly to Drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Conor Daly, Indianapolis 500

Conor Daly to Drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500

Monica Hilton
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
April 25, 2015


For more information contact:
Monica Hilton
monicah@spmindycar.com
608.669.3211

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Indianapolis, IN - April 25, 2015 - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today that American driver Conor Daly will pilot the team's third entry for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 24.

Daly, a 23-year-old, Noblesville, Indiana native, will drive the No. 43 Honda-powered Dallara for his second start in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

"I am ecstatic to partner with Schmidt Peterson Motorsport for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. I have had a great relationship with Sam Schmidt since driving for him in Indy Lights and I've always wanted a shot with his Verizon IndyCar Series team. It's an honor to make my second attempt at running the Indy 500.

"I can't thank everyone enough who have put in the hours to pull this program together. I am confident we will all benefit from this relationship going forward and I can't wait to get to work on track!"

SPM team owner Sam Schmidt commented, "Conor raced for our team in Indy Lights in 2011for a partial season before heading off to Europe, so we know what he is capable of. He deserves to be competing in the IndyCar Series full time and we're honored to be providing this opportunity."

The team will hold a press conference on Saturday at 11 a.m. local (12pm ET) in the press conference room (3rd floor of the tower) at Barber Motorsports Park. Daly and Schmidt will be available to speak to the media and field questions.

Sponsorship and livery for Daly's No. 43 entry will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks. Practice for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 begins on Monday, May 11.

About Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) was established in 2001 and is owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman Ric Peterson. Schmidt was paralyzed (quad) in 2000 after an accident during testing at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. SPM fields cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, and the Indy Lights Series presented by Cooper Tires. SPM is the most successful team in Indy Lights Series history with sixty-five race wins and seven championships. In addition, SPM won the coveted Indy 500 pole position in 2011, and has won five Verizon IndyCar Series races between 2013 and 2015.

About Conquer Paralysis Now:
Conquer Paralysis Now is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to cure paralysis, formerly known as the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. The organization is leading the charge for a cure through funding scientific research, medical treatment and technological advances benefiting those paralyzed by spinal cord injuries, stroke or diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's or in other ways. For more information, visit conquerparalysisnow.org .

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