Centennial, Colo. – Global technology company Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), the primary sponsor of the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) No. 5 Honda driven by James Hinchcliffe in the Verizon IndyCar series, is connecting SPM to Arrow’s unparalleled ecosystem of 125,000-plus technology suppliers, system integrators, resellers and end customers to give the racing team every technical advantage during the 2017 season.
During this past season, Arrow introduced SPM to Lenovo, a major data and enterprise-solutions supplier to Arrow’s enterprise computing solutions business. Lenovo is now working with the Indianapolis-based IndyCar team to enhance the quality and quantity of data insights derived during the team’s race and pit stop simulations.
“With Lenovo’s help, we’re finding creative ways to speed up our cars and our team’s overall operations,” said Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ co-owner Sam Schmidt. “Everyone in our sport is on the hunt for real-time data analytics like this because better data equates to better race day decisions. With the help of great partners like Arrow and Lenovo, I believe SPM stands to benefit from Big Data in 2017 more so than any other team out there.”
SPM has already conducted thousands of simulations to date, in which sensors on the team’s Indy cars feed information into a Lenovo System x3650 M5 server—yielding massive amounts of data that SPM’s engineering team have used for real-time analysis and race strategy corrections. In addition, Lenovo is helping SPM analyze every driver and pit crew movement to identify incremental adjustments that could shave as much as a tenth of a second off every pit stop.
“Big Data and enterprise computing capabilities like these are in Lenovo’s DNA,” said Kamran Amini, general manager, Lenovo Servers and Storage. “We’re excited to partner with Arrow and put our unique capabilities to work for SPM and their Indy cars.” The Lenovo x3650 M5 server is purpose built for big data workloads. It supports industry leading data storage capacity, the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 high performance compute processing power, flash storage options, and energy efficient features for lower power consumption without losing performance.
“Arrow works with the biggest names in technology, and we’ve cultivated one of the largest technology ecosystems in the world,” said Sean Kerins, president of Arrow’s global enterprise computing solutions business. “We’re uniquely positioned to bring together partners like Lenovo that have the unparalleled expertise and innovative technology solutions to help SPM reach new heights.”
The No. 5 car aligns to Arrow’s forward-looking mission to operate in the world of Five Years Out—the tangible future of new technologies, new materials, new ideas and new electronics that will make people’s lives better, smarter and more inspired. This is Arrow’s third year sponsoring SPM. Follow @SPMIndyCar, @Hinchtown and @ArrowGlobal on Twitter for updates throughout the 2017 IndyCar season.
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About Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Established in 2001 and owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman Ric Peterson, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series. With a storied history in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series with over 70 wins, over 70 pole positions and seven championship wins, the Indianapolis-based team has also found success in IndyCar with five wins, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions and four poles claimed overall, as well as three top-five finishes in the championship points standings.