Tung becomes first Chinese for Indy 500
4 May 2011 – It has been confirmed that Dutch-Chinese driver Ho-Pin Tung will be competing in this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500, which will be staged on 29 May. Lotus Renault GP’s Formula 1 reserve driver will be piloting the #8 Schmidt Dragon Racing car, having tested for Schmidt (then under its FAZZT guise) last November.
“I am very excited to take part in the Indy 500 with Schmidt Dragon Racing,” said the 28-year-old. “The support for me in China has always been tremendous and it’s a great honour to be the first Chinese driver ever to take part in this special race, especially being the 100th edition.
“I realize it will be tough since it will be my IndyCar debut, but Sam Schmidt Motorsports has shown great results in the last few races at the Indy 500 and Jay Penske and the Dragon Racing team has proven they can deliver a highly competitive race car, so I am confident to have a good chance to qualify for the race.”