Gomez joins Sam Schmidt Motorsports

Sam Schmidt Motorsports added Indiana native Logan Gomez to its 2007 Indy Pro Series driver lineup Jan. 4, signing the 18-year-old to a one-year contract with an option for 2008. Previously, the team signed two-time race winner Alex Lloyd for the season.

Gomez was one of only two 17-year-olds to have competed in the Indy Pro Series. The Crown Point, Ind., native finished 10th in the Liberty Challenge on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in June.

"I couldn't be more pleased with our program for this coming season," Gomez said. "This will be the best environment for me to pursue my dream of competing at the Indianapolis 500. The team has won two of the past three driver championships in the Indy Pro Series and is the most successful team in the series' history. Everyone within the team is very professional and easy to get on with so I am sure we are going to have a lot of fun and a lot of success."

"We are extremely pleased to announce that Logan will be competing with our team for the full season," said Sam Schmidt, whose team has won 13 races the past three seasons. "Born and raised in Indiana, he is a perfect example of the type of driver the Indy Racing League was established for. I also personally look forward to working with someone who is so young, talented, energetic and a quality individual. I'm sure the combination of his talent and our team's experience will be very successful."

Gomez, known in Midwest racing circles as 'The Indyana Kid,' began his winning ways in go-karts at age 9, competing nationally in World Karting Association, SuperKarts USA, Enduro and Stars of Karting events. In 2005, he won the SKUSA Super Nationals ICC 125 shifter class. He also was a Skip Barber Scholarship Winner and Red Bull F1 Driver Search semi-finalist. Last year, he finished seventh in the Star Mazda Championship and was voted the Most Improved Driver with eight top-10 finishes.

"Our goals for this year are to compete at the front on a regular basis, finish races and gain valuable experience," Gomez said. "Having Alex as a teammate will be a big benefit from a learning perspective. All the elements are in place for a very successful year, and I can't wait to begin testing for the upcoming season."

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