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Davey Hamilton Stays Paired with Sam Schmidt to Field Simon Pagenaud’s 2013 IndyCar Entry

February 6th, 2013 at 9:13 PM
By Mark Eddinger

A week ago it looked as if Davey Hamilton and his Hewlett-Packard sponsorship would be headed to a different race team but on Wednesday Hamilton announced that HP will stay with Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson under the Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports name to support the No. 77 IndyCar driven by Simon Pagenaud.

'_DSC1037' photo (c) 2012, Bryce Womeldurf - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Rookie, Tristan Vautier will drive the No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry. Both car will basically be team cars under the same organization explained Hamilton.

"The easiest way to explain it is Schmidt Peterson owns the entire team," Hamilton said. "The Schmidt Hamilton entry for Simon Pagenaud with HP is the No. 77 car, and the No. 55 for Tristan [Vautier] is the Schmidt Peterson entry. I'm working with them and they are working with me and it's like two entries under one team. When you see me at the track, I'll have a shirt on that has Schmidt Hamilton on one side, and Schmidt Peterson on the other."

The 28-year old Pagenaud won the 2012 Rookie of the Year award in the IZOD IndyCar Series and finished fifth in the point standings. He scored four podium finishes with his best finish being second at Long Beach.

Microsoft and Intel are also expected to join the team in 2013 as sponsors on the car.

Tags: Davey Hamilton, Hewlett-Packard, IndyCar Series, Intel, Microsoft, Motorsports, Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports, Simon Pagenaud, Tristan Vautier

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