Schmidt and KECO Mark 20-Year Anniversary of Working Together
INDIANAPOLIS, May 11 — Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) has re-signed longtime sponsor KECO Coatings.
KECO Coatings, which supplies coating processes to high-performance industries, has sponsored SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt since he began his career as an IndyCar driver in 1997.
“KECO is an extremely important sponsor because its relationship with me goes all the way back to my first year driving an Indy car,” Schmidt said. “It continually works to improve its coatings.”
KECO relies on feedback from SPM to research, develop and improve its coating processes. KECO applies data gathered from SPM’s various race cars to improve its coatings used on pistons, exhaust systems, wheels, suspension components, gearbox housings and racing equipment.
“Sam’s highly successful IndyCar program, which sat on the Indy 500 pole and has multiple victories in the Verizon IndyCar Series, has been particularly satisfying to us, as it’s an example of KECO’s technology at work,” said Mike Klinge, president of KECO Coatings. “We are happy to continue our relationship with Sam and SPM with their entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”
About Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Established in 2001 and owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman Ric Peterson, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series. With a storied history in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Series with over 70 victories, over 70 pole positions and seven championships, the Indianapolis-based team has also found success in IndyCar with five victories, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions and four poles overall, as well as three top-five finishes in the championship point standings. For more information, please visit spmindycar.com.
About KECO Coatings
KECO, an Indianapolis-based company with another location in North Carolina, has been supplying coating processes to the racing and high-performance industries since 1983. Processes include Kephos, dry film lubricants, thermal barriers, custom powder coatings, custom coatings, Cerakote, and Teflon®. Some applications include pistons, exhaust systems, frames, wheels, suspension components, gearbox housings and race equipment. KECO continues to develop coating processes through research and development and relies on the technical feedback and results from team members. KECO utilizes this information as it specializes in developing and applying high-performance coatings for various industries, including printing and packaging, automation, food processing, automotive, chemical processing and motorsports. Research and development is essential to the on-going advancement of the coating processes in KECO’s portfolio. For more information, please visit kecocoatings.com.