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Double header in Detroit

It’s double the amount of fun this weekend as we return to the streets for the Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit.
After a successful Indianapolis 500 last weekend, moving 21 spots from 32nd to 11th, Hinchcliffe is hoping to continue that strong momentum this weekend in Detroit.

103rd Indianapolis 500

This is the race that every IndyCar driver and team look forward to all year. It’s the biggest one-day sporting event in the world and its more than a race its a spectacle, the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.

Qualifying, May 18-19, has a slightly different format this year. Everyone will make one attempt at qualifying on Saturday and positions 10-30 will be locked in.
On Sunday the last row (positions 31-33) will get their chance to earn their place in the starting line-up, however there will be six cars fighting for three spots, so bumping will also occur. An hour later the Fast Nine will start and the pole position along with the other 8 spots will be determined.

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday May 24th. The race will be broadcast for the first time on NBC from 11:00 a.m. ET.

Kicking off the month of May with the INDYCAR Grand Prix

“The Indy GP means the month of May is here. This month is something we look forward to all year. Since they added the Grand Prix to the start of May back in 2014, I think it’s been an awesome addition to the calendar and a great way to kickstart the month.” says Hinchcliffe.

The magic of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

This is one of the longest running street races on the NTT IndyCar calendar and is almost as prestigious as the Indianapolis 500. Two years ago Hinchcliffe won this event and is looking to continue the momentum they had at Barber last week for this weekend.

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

From when the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda machine rolled off the truck on Friday, Hinchcliffe was top of the speed charts in practice. A small mistake in qualifying on Saturday mean’t he would start the race from 4th, but being on the second row was still huge at Barber Motorsports Park, where passing is hard. What will happen in the race? Tune-In to NBCSN at 3:00pm CT to find out!

Testing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

The start of 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season is getting ever closer with some testing this week at the famed WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Despite the rain cutting the first day short, Hinchcliffe felt the morning session went well.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Announces Title Partner, Unveils 2019 IndyCar Series Season Liveries

DENVER, CO (Jan. 18, 2019) – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today, from its 2019 IndyCar Series season unveiling at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., a significantly deepened partnership with Arrow Electronics, Inc. The Denver-based technology company is now the title partner of the newly branded Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, providing additional technical expertise and resources to the racing team. 
 
The three Dallara-Honda Indy cars of James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens and Marcus Ericsson were on display this morning at the home of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Mammoth. The Nos. 5, 6 and 7 displayed the team’s new signature black and gold previously seen on the Honda driven by Hinchcliffe since 2015. Longtime fans of the team will notice the chrome on the cars has changed to a futuristic, sleek matte finish. 
 
While Wickens will not compete in the 2019 IndyCar Series season as he continues his rehabilitation and recovery after an accident during the 2018 season, the No. 6 Arrow Electronics Honda was on display to signify the team is keeping the No. 6 car ready and available for the Canadian whenever he is able to and wants to return to racing. 
 
The Arrow SPM team also continues its technical alliance with Meyer Shank Racing and its No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda driven by Jack Harvey although the car was not on display for today’s announcement. Arrow SPM will continue to provide full-time engineering and technician staff to see the car through from the initial build to on-track performance. 

The relationship with Arrow began with SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt in 2014 through their collaboration on the semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM car). That was the same year Schmidt, a quadriplegic, drove the SAM car over 90 mph and 100 mph on consecutive days using the Arrow technology embedded in the car. The following year in 2015, the electronics company joined the race team as a primary partner on Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 car; the number a nod to the company’s “Five Years Out” vision that is about “guiding innovation forward to help you create a better tomorrow.” 
 
To watch the entire unveiling from this morning, please visit the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Facebook page by clicking HERE.
 
Mike Long, Chairman, President and CEO, Arrow Electronics 
“Our relationship with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has become synonymous with innovation, courage and perseverance. We are very driven to bring our technical expertise and resources to SPM to help them win races and championships for many years to come.”

Sam Schmidt, Co-Owner, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports “For me, this announcement is nothing short of a lifelong dream come true. Mike Long and the entire team at Arrow first had vision to create a system that enabled me to get behind the wheel after 16 years of paralysis which, in and of itself, has changed my life and the lives of millions worldwide. Now, by becoming our team title partner, they have given us the resources to fulfill another lifelong dream to win the Indy 500 and a championship in the IndyCar Series.”
 
Ric Peterson, Co-Owner, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 
“We couldn’t ask for a better partner for our team than Arrow. They’ve been by our side the last four years through the highs and lows, always pushing us closer to our goal: becoming Champions. We’re very excited for this next chapter of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.”

Additional photos for media use can be found HERE.
 
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About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics guides innovation forward for over 150,000 of the world’s leading manufacturers of technology used in homes, business and daily life. With 2017 sales of $26.6 billion, Arrow develops electronics and enterprise computing solutions for customers and suppliers in industrial and commercial markets. The company maintains a network of more than 345 locations serving over 80 countries. Learn more at FiveYearsOut.com.

About Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 
Established in 2001 and owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman Ric Peterson, along with title partner Arrow Electronics which has partnered with the organization since 2015, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Arrow SPM) currently competes in the IndyCar Series. With a storied history in the Indy Lights Series with over 70 wins, over 70 pole positions and seven championship titles, the Indianapolis-based team has also found success in IndyCar with six wins, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions and five poles claimed overall, as well as three top-five finishes in the championship points standings. For more information, please visit spmindycar.com.
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