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Harvey Wins Freedom 100 in a 1-2-3-4 Finish for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

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Harvey Wins Freedom 100 in a 1-2-3-4 Finish for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Monica Hilton
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
May 24, 2015

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Indianapolis, IN - May 22, 2015 - Jack Harvey won the Freedom 100 race during "Coors Light Carb Day" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon. Harvey's Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammates Ethan Ringel, RC Enerson and Scott Anderson swept the first four positions, finishing second, third and fourth, respectively.

Twenty-two-year-old, British driver Harvey took the lead from teammate Ringel on the end of the front stretch in just the first lap. It would be a back-and-forth battle between the Harvey's No. 42 Racing Steps Foundation car and the No. 71 FamilyArtPrinting.com car of Ringel.

"This is the biggest single race I've ever won," said Harvey. "It's bound to be a career highlight. It was the one race that I wanted to win all season. As I was going over the line, I had a few tears in my eyes and when I was getting interviewed, my legs were shaking.

"I don't know how to explain winning here twice out of three races and we could've had another podium, but especially the Freedom 100. It just means the world and I know it means the world to the crew too. It's everything I've worked for."

Ringel, who started on pole for the 100-mile race around the historic 2.5-mile oval, finished in second place. Ringel's two-lap qualifying average of 197.684, a track record for the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series.

After his qualifying run, Ringel commented, "Going out there I've never been so nervous in my whole life. I thought my heart was going to come out of my chest. Honestly, coming into this week I really wasn't expecting much. I was thinking that I'd be happy with a mid-pack start. To qualify on pole was something that I didn't think would happen this season.

"I'm absolutely stoked about it and looking forward to the race. The car felt as it did all week. I think we've always gone forward instead of staying where we are or going backwards, so I think there's been really good progress and I hope to have a good car in traffic."

The Indy Lights teams will head to Toronto, Ontario on June 13th and 14th for the 9th and 10th races of the 2015 season on the temporary street circuit.

SPM wants to remind fans about the opportunity to support the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Indy car, featuring new associate sponsorship from Amazon.com, SiriusXM, and the iconic Canadian rock band, Rush. The Amazon.com, SiriusXM, and Rush logos will adorn the Honda-powered SPM entry for the 99th running of the famed race and fans can go to Amazon.com/Indy500 to purchase merchandise.

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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