Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today Scott Anderson will complete its four-driver lineup in the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship.
Anderson, 24, a native of Fort Collins, Colorado, will join SPM for his second year racing in Indy Lights after competing as a rookie in 2014 with Fan Force United.
“Last year was a big learning curve,” Anderson said. “The big ovals, IMS and Pocono, were a totally different experience. I made a lot of progress in that area. Being a one-car team made it tough every weekend. I had to focus so much more on myself, be much more efficient and sure of my feedback.
“Driving with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports was an easy career move. The team has so much experience and success in Indy Lights. It’s the logical next step in my development.”
Anderson finished third in 2012 in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, winning two races and setting a lap record at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He raced in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2013 with Juncos Racing and again stood on the podium.
“We are pleased to have Scott at SPM for 2015,” SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt said. “We kept an eye on him throughout 2014, and we think having teammates to gauge off of will be key to his success this season.
“We have identified areas to focus on for his second season, and we are looking forward to getting started with testing as soon as possible. It’s also an honor to have three Americans competing for SPM, which is a great sign for the future of U.S. open-wheel racing.”
Anderson’s three teammates are Americans Ethan Ringel and RC Enerson as well as British driver Jack Harvey, the 2014 Indy Lights championship runner-up.
All four SPM Indy Lights drivers will race in the brand-new Dallara IL15 chassis in 2015, making teamwork especially important while learning the new car.
“It’s been so long since everyone has had to start with a completely new car, so it will be interesting to see how that affects the competition this year,” Anderson said.