Partnering With a Murderer Proves Racing Teams Will Take Money from Anyone

IndyCar's Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports will field an Indy 500 entry in partnership with Didier Calmels, a French businessman who shot and murdered his wife.

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Didier Calmels is a French businessman and the former co-owner of the Larousse & Calmels Formula One team. Calmels was dismissed from the team he co-founded in 1989 when he suspected her of an affair.

And now he's an Indy 500 entrant.

Calmels will be partnering with Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports in the 2018 Indy 500. Gommendy may not be a familiar name, but he raced in Champ Car for the now defunct KV Racing Technology in 2007 and currently competes in the LMP2 class of the FIA's World Endurance Championship.

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In 1990, Calmels was convicted of shooting and killing his wife and sentenced to six years in prison. It was declared a 'crime of passion' by the French courts, which are, apparently, lenient on sentencing in such cases. Calmels served two years of his sentence before being released. He has since gone on to become a successful businessman and race team entrant.

In , Schmidt-Peterson co-owner Sam Schmidt said "The matter is of public record and we have been aware of it throughout our discussion. Didier has fulfilled his obligations and gone on to become a successful businessman and team owner in European motor sport."

Motorsports are notoriously expensive, and there is a history of money funding teams coming from less than legit sources such as drug trafficking, ponzi schemes, and cults. Now we can add 'convicted murderer' to the list.

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