Environmental Rail Solutions (ERS), a transportation logistics management company, will serve as primary sponsor on Tristan Vautier‘s No. 55 car for the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

ERS has been a recognized leader for the past decade in the transportation of hazardous, non-hazardous and radioactive material. ERS owner Lisa Ardito, along with her husband David, met Schmidt Peterson Motorsports owner Sam Schmidt in 2011 at the inaugural Grand Prix of Baltimore.

“We brought our daughter to the Grand Prix of Baltimore in 2011 and we ended up meeting Sam Schmidt and striking up a great friendship,” David Ardito said. “Sam (Schmidt) took us under his wing and showed us how amazing and unique IndyCar racing is. We couldn’t be more proud to be sponsoring Tristan (Vautier) as he attacks the Streets of Baltimore this weekend.”

IZOD IndyCar Series rookie Tristan Vautier will make his debut in an Indy car at the Grand Prix of Baltimore circuit this weekend, but Vautier led the Firestone Indy Lights race in Baltimore last year from flag to flag on his way to capturing the Firestone Indy Lights Championship.  The No. 55 Environmental Rail Solutions Schmidt Peterson Dallara/Honda/Firestone car will rip through the 12-turn 2.04-mile street circuit for practice on Friday, Aug. 30 in preparation for qualifying on Saturday, Aug. 31 and the race on Sunday, Sept. 1.

“Having ERS join us as a primary sponsor for the Baltimore event means more to me personally than a sponsorship, although that is very important too,” Sam Schmidt said. “It has been great building a friendship with them over the past two years and watching their involvement with our team grow. I’m pleased that we can also assist them in accomplishing their goals on the commercial side of ERS as well.”

For trackside updates from the No. 55 Environmental Rail Solutions Schmidt Peterson car, follow @SPMIndyCar on Twitter. The green flag will drop on the Grand Prix of Baltimore at 2:40 p.m. ET this Sunday.