Former NASCAR Cup Series and Verizon IndyCar Series champion Tony Stewart has selected a driver for his entry in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. Former Indy 500 competitor Jay Howard will drive the Team One Cure car, which is being co-sponsored by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Howard will participate in the historic race for the first time since 2011 when he was also sponsored by Schmidt. He won the Indy Lights championship in 2006 and has made 12 starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
"I have every bit of confidence in the skills of Jay behind the wheel. Growing up 45 minutes from the Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 is an important part of my racing history," said Stewart. "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."
Stewart announced last month he would sponsor an entry in this year’s Indy 500. Team One Cure, which is a program within the Tony Stewart Foundation, aims to create awareness for the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University, which develops cancer treatments for humans and pets.