Schmidt Peterson Motorsports technical director Todd Malloy will step in to engineer James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda this weekend in Mid-Ohio. The temporary change comes as a result of SPM’s Will Anderson returning to engineer Jack Harvey in the No.60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda.
With former SPM engineer Leena Gade overseeing the Canadian’s car from St. Petersburg through the Indy Grand Prix, and Anderson taking over from Detroit through Toronto, Malloy will fill the temporary vacancy while Anderson shifts back to the MSR timing stand for Mid-Ohio, Portland and Sonoma.
“I’ve always trusted Will and wanted him to be my lead engineer,” Harvey told RACER. “We told him over the offseason that we wanted him to be our guy for the six races we’re doing this year, and that’s the arrangement Michael [Shank] and the Schmidt Peterson team came up with. Will did his first races as a lead race engineer with us earlier this season, has done really well with Hinch when they had an engineering change, and it’s great to have Will back with us.”
Malloy, a race-winning veteran who joined SPM from Chip Ganassi Racing during the offseason, will return to a role he performed for years in Champ Car and IndyCar. And with Anderson, who won the Iowa Corn 300 with Hinchcliffe earlier this month, Harvey knows he’s reuniting with a young engineer on the rise.
“I was so happy for Will to get his first IndyCar win with Hinch at Iowa, and he’s obviously gained more experience with being in charge of Hinch’s car, so it’s all a positive benefit for us,” he added. “And we’re building our own knowledge base as well. He’ll be with me here and for two more races, and he’s contractually in with us next year for the races we’ll do. It’s all a bunch of great relationships with our teams and engineers and the drivers.”