[SPM Press Release]
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.