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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.

Relive the 1911 Indy 500 in living color

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Race fans and historians will have an opportunity to relive the 1911 Indy 500 in color this Sunday, November 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

Airing on the Smithsonian Channel as part of their America in Color series, a colorized version of the first Indy 500 highlights a race that began a tradition more than 100 years old.

The Indy 500 helped establish the auto racing industry and part of the episode deals with the lives of the Ford, Firestone and Edison families.

On board mechanics were a fixture of racing at the time – in part because they also served as spotters. On Lap 90 Joe Jagersberger (running three laps down at the time) broke a steering mount and his rider tumbled onto the track, causing Harry Knight to careen into the pits – which had no wall separating it from the track. Remarkably, no one was killed.

The documentary describes how Ray Harroun likely won because of his use of a rear view mirror that allowed him to drive without an on board mechanic. Innovation in that inaugural race set the tone for racing today.

Harroun beat Ralph Mumford by a margin of 103 seconds in a race that took six hours, 42 minutes to run.