Martin Plowman has kept his eye on the prize – a chance to show his skills in the IZOD IndyCar Series. His dedication paid off this week as Sam Schmidt Motorsports signed him to a three-race deal. Kingdom Racing has partnered with Plowman, who will compete at races in Mid-Ohio, Sonoma, and Baltimore.
“I'm thrilled to finally complete one of my goals, driving in the IZOD IndyCar Series,” said Plowman. “This day is the one I have been looking forward to for the last 15 years. Team Plowey and I have worked tirelessly, and we're thankful for the opportunity Sam [Schmidt] has given me. Sam Schmidt Motorsports has proven themselves for years in Indy Lights and now this season in IndyCar, having won the pole position at both Indy and Texas. It will be a great partnership.”
Plowman has a track record of success since he first started racing at age 8. Most recently, he finished third in championship points in the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights Series, where he won at Mid-Ohio and had podium finishes at both Iowa and Edmonton.
“Mid-Ohio is without a doubt one of my favorite circuits. Making my debut there, especially in a red and yellow car, makes it even more sentimental. Special thanks must go to Gary Peterson of AFS for helping make this deal happen. I have a great feeling about my IndyCar debut,” Plowman added.
Rob Edwards, SSM team manager commented, "I have been following Martin since last year and am delighted that he finally has the opportunity to show his talents in an IndyCar. He has worked incredibly hard outside of the car to make this happen and I know that same work ethic will bring results on track. We have wanted to grow our team to two cars since the end of last season and I am excited that we are going to achieve that goal together."
Plowman's success isn't limited to the track. He's garnered hundreds of fans with his family-first attitude and volunteer-oriented focus. Always the first to participate in charity events surrounding racing, he is active in IndyCar Ministry, has participated in several Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation events, and participated in the Indy 500 Centennial Tour to thank our troops.
Kingdom Racing took notice and will be featured on his racecar and suit this season. The organization started in May 2008 with the unique mission of delivering God's word through motorsport. While Kingdom Racing is not a race team in the traditional definition, it supports drivers who are interested in helping further the organization's outreach.
“We couldn't be more pleased to be able to support Martin Plowman,” commented Kingdom Racing owner, George Del Canto. “Martin will represent our mission field in IndyCar very well.”