By: Tanner Watkins
January 18, 2019 | 10:30 AM
As if we couldn’t get enough of the title sponsor announcements this week, Sam Schmidt’s IndyCar organization revealed not only their paint schemes but a new team name today: Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Arrow Electronics has been the primary sponsor for James Hinchcliffe and the No. 5 Honda since the Canadian driver joined SPM in 2015. Arrow’s relationship with Schmidt dates back to 2013 when the two parties began working on a uniquely-designed Corvette that Schmidt would eventually drive without the use of his hands or feet at a speed over 150 miles per hour.
“For me, this announcement is nothing short of a lifelong dream come true,” said Schmidt at today’s press conference. “Mike Long and the entire team at Arrow first had the 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.”
As part of the team’s re-brand, Arrow will now sponsor each Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry in the NTT IndyCar Series.
That includes not only Hinchcliffe’s No.
The livery unveil showcased the familiar black and gold paint scheme used by Hinchcliffe on each of the three SPM machines. The team has ditched the recent trend of using chrome trim for the gold in favor of a new matte painting style.
The same could be said for the Meyer Shank Racing entry of Jack Harvey, which was also unveiled. The No. 60 Honda driven by Harvey will continue to be operated in an alliance with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2019.
Header image by Karl Zemlin/INDYCAR.