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SPM adds Malloy, Vincent among technical, commercial staff hires

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ retooling of its technical and commercial staff this offseason continues with confirmation on Wednesday of several new hires.

Todd Malloy, formerly of Chip Ganassi Racing and Billy Vincent, formerly of Team Penske, are the key additions from a technical standpoint.

Malloy will be the team’s new technical director. Allen McDonald had been with SPM but has since gone to Ed Carpenter Racing this offseason.

Malloy’s extensive 21-year career includes an Indianapolis 500 win (2011 with Dan Wheldon) and CART championship (2003 with Paul Tracy) and experience at Team Green, Player’s-Forsythe Racing, RuSPORT, Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport before shifting to Ganassi for the last three years. Malloy worked with both Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball last season.

Vincent will be a new crew chief for the SPM operation, having had a long run at Team Penske.

There a number of other staff additions including Eric Pinkham (Vice President, Partner Strategy, and formerly of CSM Sport & Entertainment), Norm Hornitschek, Chris Nash and Joey Curotto (added to the team’s traveling crew) and Sherry Hall (Accounting & Travel Coordinator).

SPM’s next test with the Honda-powered 2018 Dallara universal aero kit comes with James Hinchcliffe at Phoenix next month. Hinchcliffe will partner his countryman Robert Wickens for “Team Canada” next year.

On another note, RACER.com reported on Tuesday the proposed Calmels Sport with SPM effort for the team’s third car at next year’s Indianapolis 500, meant to feature French driver Tristan Gommendy, is uncertain to materialize.

As NBC Sports has heard that rumor as well over the last several weeks, if that were to fall through, it’d mean a prime extra Indianapolis-only seat would become available.

Eriksson snatches Macau Formula 3 pole from Norris

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Joel Eriksson snatched pole position for Saturday’s qualifying race ahead of the Macau Grand Prix after a thrilling fight with McLaren youngster Lando Norris and Ferrari junior Callum Ilott.

Norris headed into the second stage of qualifying on provisional pole after lapping almost a second faster than any other driver in Thursday’s first opening session, and remained in contention early in Q2.

Norris was the first driver to dip into the 2:10s with a time of 2:10.744, only for Eriksson to go 0.024 seconds faster minutes later and snatch pole away.

Despite a later effort to try and reclaim pole, Norris was unable to improve his time, and opted to remain in the pits for the final five minutes of the session after using up his allocated tires.

Ilott was the final driver to put in a serious bid for pole position, falling 0.09 seconds short with his final qualifying lap to sit third on the grid for the qualifying race.

Maximilian Gunther claimed fourth place for Prema Powerteam ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Dan Ticktum, with Mick Schumacher taking P7.

Yuhi Sekiguchi wound up eighth despite a late crash that brought out a red flag, while Sergio Sette Camara and Guanyu Zhou completed the top 10 positions in qualifying.

Saturday’s qualifying race will help form the grid for Sunday’s main event, the 64th Macau Grand Prix.