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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Elects Not to Run No. 6 Entry at Gateway

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have announced that it will not field the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda for this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

The decision comes after the horrific crash last weekend at Pocono Racway, which saw driver Robert Wickens severely injured and has since undergone spinal surgery. There are additional injuries to his lower extremities and right arm, but is currently listed in stable condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The team also confirmed that James Hinchcliffe will compete in this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series race.

Hinchcliffe suffered minor injuries to his hands after also being involved in the incident that collected his teammate, along with Pietro Fittipaldi (Dale Coyne Racing), Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) and Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing).

“James Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, who has been cleared to drive following an accident at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19, will compete in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend. The No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda will not be entered for the event,” Schmidt Peterson Motorsports said in a statement.

The team has not announced its plans for the No. 6 entry for the remaining events at Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.