Wade Cunningham

Creatherm and Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) have reached a three-race sponsorship agreement to field rookie driver Wade Cunningham.

Wade Cunningham, one of the most successful drivers in Firestone Indy Lights (FIL) history, will make his IZOD IndyCar Series debut June 11 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth driving a Dallara/Honda/Firestone car owned by Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) in The Twin Texas 275s.

In his six-year FIL career, Cunningham has eight wins, 37 top-five finishes in 64 starts, and captured the 2005 championship. The New Zealand native also holds FIL records for races led (25), most career laps led (796), most career pole positions (10) and most career total points (1,496).

In addition to his career FIL statistics, Cunningham is a three-time winner of the series' most prestigious event – the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won the 2009 and 2010 Freedom 100s driving for SSM after winning the 2006 event for Brian Stewart Racing.

"Creatherm is pleased to be working with SSM, bringing together two great brands and aligning us with one of the most exciting teams in the IZOD IndyCar series." said Cameron Cobb, Director of Business Development.

The other IZOD IndyCar Series races where Cunningham will compete are the Oct. 2 Kentucky Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta and the Oct. 16 season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I'd like to acknowledge the role Sam (Schmidt) has played in planning this step up," said Cunningham, who now lives in Indianapolis. "It was Sam who suggested that rather than focusing on the Indianapolis 500, like a lot of drivers trying to break into the IZOD IndyCar Series do, we should look at spreading our budget over three or four races to give us a better chance to show what I can do in one of these cars."

"The three race program will allow us to reach key market segments across the country." added Cobb.

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