Aleshin, Servia liveries, new SPM garage design unveiled at IMS

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports accomplished three items in one this morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, revealing two new liveries for the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil plus a new design for garages at IMS.

Mikhail Aleshin’s usual blue, red and white No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda will take on black and red colors for the PlayStation game “DOOM.

From the team release:

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) and Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today revealed the DOOM car is set to premiere at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14 – one day after the videogame’s eagerly-awaited release on May 13. The No. 7 car, driven by SMP Racing driver Mikhail Aleshin, will go on to compete in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29

“We couldn’t imagine a more perfect sponsorship fit,” said Pete Hines, Vice President of PR & Marketing for Bethesda Softworks. “DOOM is all about pushing forward with incredible speed. We’ll all be cheering on Mikhail and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team as we celebrate the game’s launch.

“DOOM, under development at id Software®, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre, returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. ”

Meanwhile Oriol Servia’s No. 77 car, featuring a joint co-primary livery between Lucas Oil and Jahia Solutions Group in the Schmidt Peterson with Marotti Racing entry, was also revealed.

Servia adds SPM to his voluminous amount of teams he’s competed in for his eighth Indianapolis 500 while Aleshin is set to make his second start.

Perhaps the bigger story that emerged this morning was the reveal of the team’s new garage layout, which now sees the cars appear horizontally rather than vertically, with new art celebrating classic cars from Indianapolis past along the walls.

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt told NBC Sports the idea for the new design began earlier this year.

“We began brainstorming around January,” Schmidt said. “The design portion was part of the construction.

“We wanted it to be more for the fans. Usually they’re far back. Now here, hopefully they can see more inside.”

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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