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.
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)