Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Associate Sponsor KECO Coatings Reunite for 2018

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) has re-signed longtime associate sponsor KECO Coatings. The Indianapolis-based KECO Coatings, which supplies coating processes to high-performance industries, has sponsored SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt since he began his career as an IndyCar driver in 1997.

“KECO is an extremely important sponsor because its relationship with me goes all the way back to my first year driving an Indy car,” Schmidt said. “It continually works to improve its coatings.”

KECO relies on feedback from SPM to research, develop and improve its coating processes. The company applies data gathered from SPM’s various racecars to improve its coatings used on pistons, exhaust systems, wheels, suspension components, gearbox housings and racing equipment.

“Sam’s highly successful IndyCar program, which sat on the Indy 500 pole and has multiple victories in the Verizon IndyCar Series, has been particularly satisfying to us, as it’s an example of KECO’s technology at work,” said Mike Klinge, president of KECO Coatings. “We are happy to continue our relationship with Sam and SPM with their entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”


KECO, an Indianapolis-based company with another location in North Carolina, 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


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