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MEDIA ALERT: James Hinchcliffe to be awarded with 2015 Indy 500 Starters Ring

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  James Hinchcliffe, Indianapolis 500

MEDIA ALERT: James Hinchcliffe to be awarded with 2015 Indy 500 Starters Ring

Monica Hilton
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
September 25, 2015


WHAT:
Presentation of 2015 Indianapolis 500 Starters Ring to James Hinchcliffe

WHO:
James Hinchcliffe, Sam Schmidt, Ric Peterson

WHERE:
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
6803 Coffman Road Indianapolis, IN 46268

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 30 at 4 p.m. ET

NOTES:
James Hinchcliffe, who qualified for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, will be presented with his 2015 Starters Ring, created by Herff Jones (www.HerffJones.com).

The Canadian fan favorite was injured in a season-ending crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just two days after qualifying his No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. He is scheduled to make his return to the cockpit on Monday, September 28 for the Verizon IndyCar Series test at Road America.

SPM team owners Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson, along with the No. 5 Arrow Electronics crew, will be in attendance for the ring presentation at the team's race shop. Hinchcliffe, Schmidt and Peterson will also be available to answer questions for media after the presentation.

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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