HOUSTON, March 30, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Kingdom Racing heads into Sunday’s Honda INDY Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on a high note after Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and driver Simon Pagenaud brought home an exciting sixth place finish in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 25th.
“How about that? For being our first race, I’d say I’m thrilled!” said Davey Hamilton. Added Sam Schmidt, “Although it should not be surprising, the mutual relationship is already gaining traction in the paddock, folks know we are there and what we stand for. Thank you, Kingdom Racing, for reminding us of our ultimate purpose.”
The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama will mark Kingdom Racing’s second race in their first full season of INDYCAR competition. “St. Petersburg was an incredibly exciting start to the season. The increased exposure and spectacular results provided a greater platform for us to share the word of God than ever before and we look forward to carrying that momentum into Alabama and beyond,” said Team Director Charles West. “The biggest takeaway from St. Petersburg is that Kingdom Racing has truly found a home with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports. We seek to make SHM a worthy house to honor God in all we do,” added Kingdom Racing founder and owner, George del Canto.
About Davey Hamilton:
Davey’s racing career almost ended on June 9, 2001 following a devastating crash at the Texas Motor Speedway. After 23 operations and two years of rehabilitation, Davey returned to Indy Car racing at the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2007 and finished 9th. Davey’s strong faith and determination to once again race in the 500 were instrumental in securing a partnership with Kingdom Racing.
About Kingdom Racing:
In 2008, Kingdom Racing made history as the first faith-vision team to compete in the Indianapolis 500. To date, we have four years of proven race performance with IZOD INDYCAR drivers Davey Hamilton and Martin Plowman. For 2012, Kingdom has joined forces with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and driver Simon Pagenaud. The 2012 season marks a turning point for Kingdom Racing as it denotes our first full season of competitive association in the IZOD INDYCAR Series. Our unique approach combines motorsports with Christian ministry and outreach. Our goal is to use INDYCAR racing as a platform to reach millions for Christ. “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1. For more information, visitwww.KingdomRacing.net or join our fan communities at ‘KingdomRacing’ on Facebook and Twitter.
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.