Ethan Ringel confirmed for Schmidt Peterson Indy Lights program

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has confirmed its first driver for the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season in Ethan Ringel, a 20-year-old from Windermere, Fla.

Those Indy Lights anoraks may know Ringel’s name from a one-off start in Team Moore’s second car at St. Petersburg in 2013. He has open-wheel experience in the FIA GP3 Series and Atlantic Championship Series.

Jumping back into Indy Lights with the new car comes at a perfect time in Ringel’s career.

“I held off on Indy Lights last year because I wanted to wait for the new car,” Ringel said in a release. “The old car had a soft suspension that I didn’t love, and the new car suits my didn’t love, and the new car suits my driving style so much more. I can’t wait to get in these beautiful new cars to see what I can do. The specs look fantastic.”

Ringel has had a test with SPM, at Mid-Ohio in 2013, and was also encouraged to check out the team by former Indy Lights champion Jay Howard, who serves as his driver coach.

Schmidt is expected to run a multicar effort in 2015 with at least two and potentially as many as four cars on the grid.