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KINGDOM RACING SCORES FIRST INDYCAR WIN IN DETROIT
Simon Pagenaud piloted the Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports No. 77 Dallara Honda to victory in Sunday’s Race 2 of the Duals in Detroit for the Detroit Grand Prix, earning the first INDYCAR victory for himself, Kingdom Racing, and Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports. The monumental win propels Pagenaud to fifth in the series championship standings heading into the Firestone 550 Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
“It’s such a relief. I mean, there is so much emotion going through the cockpit on the last few laps. I had to use everything I had to stay focused. It’s so sweet. So sweet. I’ve been working for this my whole career and it’s just awesome,” said Pagenaud.
Saturday night’s Firestone 550 (8:30pm ET on ABC) will mark Kingdom Racing’s eighth race in their second full season of INDYCAR competition. “We are very happy for Simon, Davey, Sam and the team. They have worked hard and have earned this victory. We applaud them and know that this win will mean more eyes will be on Kingdom Racing. And we can then direct those eyes to the ultimate victory, which is in Jesus Christ,” stated Kingdom Racing founder, George del Canto.
About Kingdom Racing:
In 2008, Kingdom Racing made history as the first faith-based team to compete in the Indianapolis 500. To date, they have five years of proven race performance with IZOD INDYCAR drivers Davey Hamilton and Martin Plowman. For 2013, Kingdom remains with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and driver Simon Pagenaud. Kingdom’s unique approach combines motorsports with Christian ministry and outreach. Their goal is to use INDYCAR racing as a platform to reach one million men for Christ. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23. For more information, visit www.KingdomRacing.net.
About Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports:
Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) was established in 2001 and is owned by former driver Sam Schmidt, who was paralyzed (quad) in 2000 after a testing accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. As a car owner, Schmidt fields cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, and the Firestone Indy Lights championship. SSM is the most successful team in Indy Lights with 46 race wins and five championships. In addition, SSM has qualified 12 cars in the Indianapolis 500 since 2001 and, in 2011, won the coveted Indy 500 pole.