INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 7, 2019) — KECO Coatings announced today that it will continue its longtime associate sponsorship agreement with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for two more years. The sponsorship is one of the longest associations in the NTT IndyCar Series, as the Indianapolis-based provider of coating processes for high-performance industries has sponsored the team’s co-owner, Sam Schmidt, since he began his career as an IndyCar driver in 1997.
Under the renewed agreement, KECO Coatings’ logo will be displayed on the Dallaras of one of the most popular drivers in the series, James Hinchcliffe, as well as series rookie Marcus Ericsson for all of the series’ races in 2019 and 2020.
The KECO logo will also be seen on Jack Harvey’s car at the 2019 Indianapolis 500 this May because the Arrow SPM team has a technical alliance with the team that fields that entry, Meyer Shank Racing.
KECO Coatings uses racing as a way to showcase the technical expertise and resources that it brings to its customers and as a mobile laboratory for research and development. KECO applies data gathered from Arrow SPM’s various race cars to improve its coatings used on pistons, exhaust systems, wheels, suspension components, gearbox housings and racing equipment.
“Our association with the Arrow Schmidt Peterson NTT IndyCar team showcases KECO’s technology in action,” said Mike Klinge, president of KECO Coatings. “We are pleased to have Sam and his drivers represent us in this very competitive series and its premier event, the Indianapolis 500.”
Hinchcliffe, 32, is a Canadian who is a six-time IndyCar series race winner. He won the pole position for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, just a year after his near-fatal crash during practice at Indy. Ericsson, a 28-year-old driver from Kumla, Sweden, comes to IndyCar after 97 race starts in Formula 1 with the Caterham and Alfa Romeo Sauber teams.
Harvey, 25, is a British driver who finished second in Indy Lights in 2014 and 2015 driving for Schmidt’s team. He will attempt to make this third start in the Indy 500 this spring.
KECO Coating’s logo will also be displayed on the Arrow SPM car of Robert Wickens should he want to return to the cockpit and can be medically cleared to do so. The 29-year-old Canadian is currently in a state-of-the-art rehabilitation program after suffering serious injuries in a race at Pocono (Pa.) International Raceway last year.
KECO, which has two locations in Indianapolis and another in Statesville, N.C., has been supplying coating processes to the racing and high-performance industries since 1983. For more information please see kecocoatings.com.
About Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Established in 2001 and owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman Ric Peterson, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports competes in the NNT IndyCar Series. Arrow Electronics became its title partner in January 2019. Before advancing to IndyCar the team had a storied history in Indy Lights with over 70 victories, over 70 pole positions and seven championships. The Indianapolis-based team has also found success in IndyCar with six victories, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions and five poles overall, as well as three top-five finishes in the championship point standings. For more information please visit spmindycar.com.
About KECO Coatings
KECO, an Indianapolis-based company with another location in Statesville, N.C., has been supplying coating processes to the racing and high-performance industries since 1983. Processes include Kephos, dry film lubricants, thermal barriers, custom powder coatings, custom coatings, Cerakote, and Teflon®. Some applications include pistons, exhaust systems, frames, wheels, suspension components, gearbox housings and race equipment. KECO continues to develop coating processes through research and development and relies on the technical feedback and results from team members. KECO utilizes this information as it specializes in developing and applying high-performance coatings for various industries, including printing and packaging, automation, food processing, automotive, chemical processing and motorsports. Research and development is essential to the on-going advancement of the coating processes in KECO’s portfolio. For more information please visit kecocoatings.com.