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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Tony Stewart has chosen Jay Howard to drive for Stewart's foundation in the Indianapolis 500.
Stewart last month announced the formation of TEAM ONE CURE, which is a primary program of The Tony Stewart Foundation. The foundation will sponsor a car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and Howard will drive the No. 77. The duo made a video that can be seen here.
"I can't begin to tell you how honored I am to have this opportunity," said Howard. "I'm not one to give up on a dream and I have every bit of determination to make this a successful effort for Tony, Team One Cure and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
"I'm in the best condition both mentally and physically, and my race craft is on point. We will be more than ready when IMS opens for practice this May."
Howard won the 2005 U.S. Formula Ford Zetec Championship and rookie of the year award in his first year racing in the United States. The British driver won the Indy Lights title in 2006 driving for Schmidt. He qualified for his first Indy 500 in 2011.
Howard has 12 career IndyCar starts, none since 2011, and finished 30th in his only Indianapolis 500.
"I have every bit of confidence in the skills of Jay behind the wheel," said Stewart. "Growing up 45 minutes from the Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 is an important part of my racing history. Participating in this year's race with Jay and Sam through Team One Cure, we will be making a difference in both the 500 and the race against cancer."
Team One Cure, in partnership with the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center, will help educate people about comparative oncology and improve the lives of all cancer patients, whether pets or people.