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Derivative of renowned Stutz Motor Co. to return as SPM associate sponsor for Indy 500

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A derivative of a famous name that was synonymous with the Indianapolis 500 more than a century ago – the Stutz Motor Company, which produced the renowned Bearcat model – will once again be part of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing for this year’s race.

The Stutz Business and Arts Center, which is housed within the original Stutz Motor Company factory in Indianapolis, will serve as associate sponsor for the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Hondas of James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens in the May 27th classic at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The associate sponsorship will also continue through the remainder of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“May is such a special time in Indianapolis and I couldn’t imagine spending the month anywhere but watching all the pageantry, events and racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Turner Woodard, owner of The Stutz and its holding company, Turner James Investments. “We value the business operation side of racing, so we’re pleased to lend our support to the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team.

“They are an exciting and dedicated team. We’re also thrilled to see the Stutz brand and it’s rich motor racing heritage back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where it first broke onto the scene in 1911.”

Added Sam Schmidt, co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, “Turner Woodard and The Stutz have been part of my career and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports family for many years.

“To affiliate with an organization that has an Indianapolis 500 history dating back to 1911 is an absolute honor.  We are excited to extend our relationship and are so pleased to have their support for this team.”

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Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”