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Kingdom Racing Hits Long Beach Fifth in Indycar Championship

IndyCar Series driver Davey Hamilton

IndyCar Series driver Davey Hamilton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HOUSTON, April 12, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Kingdom Racing heads westward into Sunday’s famed Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (3:30pm ET on NBC Sports Network) with strong momentum after Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and driver Simon Pagenaud scored an impressive Top 5 finish in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama on April 1st. The fifth place finish follows a sixth at the season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida and places the HP driver fifth overall in the season championship standings.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will mark Kingdom Racing’s third race in their first full season of INDYCAR competition. “The beginning of the season has been impressive, both on and off track. God has already used us in ways we could never have anticipated, given Kingdom Racing incredible visibility, and we’re only two races into the schedule. Whatever He sends next is sure to be amazing,” proclaimed Team Director Charles West. “The results both on and off track have been superb, but we expect that the best is yet to come this year,” added Kingdom Racing founder and owner, George del Canto.

About Davey Hamilton:
Davey’s racing career almost ended on June 9, 2001 following a devastating crash at the Texas Motor Speedway. After 23 operations and two years of rehabilitation, Davey returned to Indy Car racing at the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2007 and finished 9th. Davey’s strong faith and determination to once again race in the 500 were instrumental in securing a partnership with Kingdom Racing.

About Kingdom Racing:
In 2008, Kingdom Racing made history as the first faith-vision team to compete in the Indianapolis 500. To date, we have four years of proven race performance with IZOD INDYCAR drivers Davey Hamilton and Martin Plowman. For 2012, Kingdom has joined forces with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and driver Simon Pagenaud. The 2012 season marks a turning point for Kingdom Racing as it denotes our first full season of competitive association in the IZOD INDYCAR Series. Our unique approach combines motorsports with Christian ministry and outreach. Our goal is to use INDYCAR racing as a platform to reach millions for Christ. “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1. For more information, visit
www.KingdomRacing.net or join our fan communities at ‘KingdomRacing’ on Facebook and Twitter.

About Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports:
Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) was established in 2001 and is owned by former driver Sam Schmidt, who was paralyzed (quad) in 2000 after a testing accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. As a car owner, Schmidt fields cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, and the Firestone Indy Lights championship. SSM is the most successful team in Indy Lights with 46 race wins and five championships. In addition, SSM has qualified 12 cars in the Indianapolis 500 since 2001 and, in 2011, won the coveted Indy 500 pole.

Kingdom Racing Heads into Alabama with Momentum

Simon Pagenaud in 2007.

Simon Pagenaud in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HOUSTON, March 30, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Kingdom Racing heads into Sunday’s Honda INDY Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on a high note after Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and driver Simon Pagenaud brought home an exciting sixth place finish in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 25th.

“How about that? For being our first race, I’d say I’m thrilled!” said Davey Hamilton. Added Sam Schmidt, “Although it should not be surprising, the mutual relationship is already gaining traction in the paddock, folks know we are there and what we stand for. Thank you, Kingdom Racing, for reminding us of our ultimate purpose.”

The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama will mark Kingdom Racing’s second race in their first full season of INDYCAR competition. “St. Petersburg was an incredibly exciting start to the season. The increased exposure and spectacular results provided a greater platform for us to share the word of God than ever before and we look forward to carrying that momentum into Alabama and beyond,” said Team Director Charles West. “The biggest takeaway from St. Petersburg is that Kingdom Racing has truly found a home with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports. We seek to make SHM a worthy house to honor God in all we do,” added Kingdom Racing founder and owner, George del Canto.

About Davey Hamilton:
Davey’s racing career almost ended on June 9, 2001 following a devastating crash at the Texas Motor Speedway. After 23 operations and two years of rehabilitation, Davey returned to Indy Car racing at the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2007 and finished 9th. Davey’s strong faith and determination to once again race in the 500 were instrumental in securing a partnership with Kingdom Racing.

About Kingdom Racing:
In 2008, Kingdom Racing made history as the first faith-vision team to compete in the Indianapolis 500. To date, we have four years of proven race performance with IZOD INDYCAR drivers Davey Hamilton and Martin Plowman. For 2012, Kingdom has joined forces with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and driver Simon Pagenaud. The 2012 season marks a turning point for Kingdom Racing as it denotes our first full season of competitive association in the IZOD INDYCAR Series. Our unique approach combines motorsports with Christian ministry and outreach. Our goal is to use INDYCAR racing as a platform to reach millions for Christ. “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1. For more information, visit
www.KingdomRacing.net or join our fan communities at ‘KingdomRacing’ on Facebook and Twitter.

About Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports:
Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) was established in 2001 and is owned by former driver Sam Schmidt, who was paralyzed (quad) in 2000 after a testing accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. As a car owner, Schmidt fields cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, and the Firestone Indy Lights championship. SSM is the most successful team in Indy Lights with 46 race wins and five championships. In addition, SSM has qualified 12 cars in the Indianapolis 500 since 2001 and, in 2011, won the coveted Indy 500 pole.

Kingdom Racing to Compete in Full 2012 IndyCar Season

Davey Hamilton practicing for the 2008 Indiana...

Davey Hamilton practicing for the 2008 Indianapolis 500 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HOUSTON, March 23, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Kingdom Racing will compete in the full 2012 INDYCAR Series season races this year, including the famed Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 27, 2012. The team announced it will partner with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and the No. 77 HP Bowers & Wilkins Honda/Dallara piloted by driver Simon Pagenaud. “I’m very excited about the opportunity with Sam and HP and moving into the ownership role. I have every confidence in Simon being able to compete and contend for race wins. I am very confident about that,” said Davey Hamilton. Added Sam Schmidt, “We couldn’t be more pleased than to have a relationship in 2012 with Kingdom Racing. Obviously, I am a firm believer in their mission and sincerely hope we can add significant value and exposure to a combined program moving forward. There are also extreme ironies at work here such as my incident back in 2000, Davey’s incident while driving for SSM in 2001, ensuing challenges which can only be overcome through faith, combined with George and Charles’ commitment and dedication to fellowship through racing related programs, etc. Needless to say, the opportunities are endless and only restricted by one’s imagination.”

This year will mark Kingdom Racing’s fifth appearance at the Indianapolis 500 and first full season of INDYCAR competition. “This is a benchmark year for Kingdom Racing, one that’s been in the works for many years. We’re definitely up to the challenge and couldn’t be more honored to partner with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports,” said Team Director Charles West. As expected, Kingdom Racing will also expand its fan outreach lineup for 2012, which previously focused on ministry events held at Indianapolis and Texas. Said Kingdom Racing founder and owner George del Canto, “The original vision received seven years ago was to ‘build an IndyCar team to deliver God’s word through motorsports.’ Well, through Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports, God has done it.”

About Davey Hamilton:
Davey’s racing career almost ended on June 9, 2001 following a devastating crash at the Texas Motor Speedway. After 23 operations and two years of rehabilitation, Davey returned to Indy Car racing at the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2007 and finished 9th. Davey’s strong faith and determination to once again race in the 500 were instrumental in securing a partnership with Kingdom Racing.

About Kingdom Racing:
The 2012 season marks a turning point for Kingdom Racing as it denotes our first full season of competitive association in the IZOD INDYCAR Series. “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1.

For more information, visit www.KingdomRacing.net or join our fan communities at ‘KingdomRacing’ on Facebook and Twitter.

In 2008, Kingdom Racing made history as the first faith-vision team to compete in the Indianapolis 500. To date, we have four years of proven race performance with IZOD INDYCAR drivers Davey Hamilton and Martin Plowman. For 2012, Kingdom has joined forces with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and driver Simon Pagenaud. Our unique approach combines motorsports with Christian ministry and outreach. Our goal is to use INDYCAR racing as a platform to reach millions for Christ.

About Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) was established in 2001 and is owned by former driver Sam Schmidt, who was paralyzed (quad) in 2000 after a testing accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. As a car owner, Schmidt fields cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, and the Firestone Indy Lights championship. SSM is the most successful team in Indy Lights with 46 race wins and five championships. In addition, SSM has qualified 12 cars in the Indianapolis 500 since 2001 and, in 2011, won the coveted Indy 500 pole.

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