Sponsoring its sixth driver in the past six years of the Indy 500 wasn’t enough speed for fast-growing Angie’s List. The national consumer review company has signed on for another five IndyCar races this year.
Angie’s List today announced it will sponsor Tristan Vautier’s No. 55 car in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston and in the season finale at the MAVTV 500. Vautier drives for the renown Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team.
“Everyone at Schmidt Peterson has a great spirit and drive to excel that we love to see,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “We’re excited to follow Tristan through the season, and we expect to see Angie’s List green at the front of the pack.”
The relationship between Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Angie’s List began at the 2013 Indianapolis 500 when the company sponsored the No. 81 car driven by Katherine Legge. She qualified for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Bump Day after turning less than 30 laps in the car before her qualifying attempt and finished 26th.
“Angie’s List stepped in at the perfect time this past May to help us put the No. 81 car on the starting grid for the most famous race in the world,” said team owner Sam Schmidt.
“Our team grew drastically before the start of this season to include a second IZOD IndyCar Series entry with Tristan Vautier,” he said. “Welcoming a nationally known partner like Angie’s List shows that we’ll continue to grow.”
Angie’s List, headquartered in Indianapolis, has sponsored drivers in the Indy 500 since 2008.
Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement auto service to health care. More than 2 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain unlimited access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) was established in 2001 and is owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and businessman Ric Peterson. Schmidt was paralyzed (quad) in 2000 after an accident during testing at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. SPM fields cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, and Firestone Indy Lights. SPM is the most successful team in Firestone Indy Lights history with 53 race wins and six championships. In addition, SPM has qualified 14 cars in the Indianapolis 500 since 2001 and, in 2011, won the coveted Indy 500 pole.