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Published:June 20th, 2012 14:53 EST

Kingdom Racing Heads into Saturday's Milwaukee IndyFest

By SOP newswire

Kingdom Racing heads into Saturday`s Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile on a roll after Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and driver Simon Pagenaud brought home an exciting sixth place finish in the Firestone 550 on June 9th. The finish keeps Pagenaud third in the Road Course championship and moves him up to fifth in the overall point standings. 

"Man, I actually enjoyed it, though I didn`t think I would that much," said Pagenaud as he sat on the wall of his pit box with a Texas-sized grin. "But once I got the hang of it, I had a really, really good race car. It was blindingly fast. It was fun." 

Saturday`s 225-lap Milwaukee IndyFest (1:00pm ET on ABC) will mark Kingdom Racing`s eighth race in their first full season of INDYCAR competition. "The only thing better than the race result at Texas was the ministry outreach we had outside the track. God led our team in truly amazing ways." said Team Director Charles West. "Of course the race results have been good, but the Ministry results have been awesome. We look to continue this momentum into the second half of the season, for God`s glory," added Kingdom Racing founder, George del Canto. 

Davey`s racing career almost ended on June 9, 2001 following a devastating crash at the 
Texas Motor Speedway. After 23 operations and two years of rehabilitation, Davey returned to Indy Car racing at the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2007 and finished 9th. Davey`s strong faith and determination to once again race in the 500 were instrumental in securing a partnership with Kingdom Racing. 

In 2008, Kingdom Racing made history as the first faith-vision team to compete in the Indianapolis 500. To date, we have four years of proven race performance with IZOD INDYCAR drivers Davey Hamilton and Martin Plowman. For 2012, Kingdom has joined forces with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and driver Simon Pagenaud. The 2012 season marks a turning point for Kingdom Racing as it denotes our first full season of competitive association in the IZOD INDYCAR Series. Our unique approach combines motorsports with Christian ministry and outreach. Our goal is to use INDYCAR racing as a platform to reach millions for Christ. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23. For more information, visit or join our fan communities at `KingdomRacing` on Facebook and Twitter.   
Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) was established in 2001 and is owned by former driver Sam Schmidt, who was paralyzed (quad) in 2000 after a testing accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. As a car owner, Schmidt fields cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, and the Firestone Indy Lights championship. SSM is the most successful team in Indy Lights with 46 race wins and five championships. In addition, SSM has qualified 12 cars in the Indianapolis 500 since 2001 and, in 2011, won the coveted Indy 500 pole.