Howard returns to the Indy 500 with SPM and Tony Stewart Foundation

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Jay Howard returns to the Indianapolis 500 in 2017 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports - Credit: Ron McQueeney / IndyCar

Jay Howard has been confirmed as the driver of the #77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry for this years Indianapolis 500, a drive being sponsored by the Team One Cure programme headed by the Tony Stewart Foundation.

For the British racer it is a reuniting with team boss Sam Schmidt, with whom he took the 2006 Indy Lights title, and has one previous Indy 500 start back in 2011 with the same team, although he did fail to qualify for the same race in 2010 whilst with Sarah Fisher Racing.

“I can’t begin to tell you how honoured I am to have this opportunity,” said Howard. “I’m not one to give up on a dream and I have every bit of determination to make this a successful effort for Tony, Team One Cure and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

“I’m in the best condition both mentally and physically, and my racecraft is on point. We will be more than ready when IMS opens for practice this May.”

Team One Cure is aiming to educate people about comparative oncology and improve the lives of pet and people cancer patients, and is working alongside the Colorado State University.

“I have every bit of confidence in the skills of Jay behind the wheel,” said Tony Stewart. “Growing up 45 minutes from the Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 is an important part of my racing history.

“Participating in this year’s race with Jay and Sam through Team One Cure, we will be making a difference in both the 500 and the race against cancer.”

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