INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Feb. 1, 2017) – Mikhail Aleshin, racing driver of Russian motorsport program SMP Racing, has signed with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for his third full-time season of Verizon IndyCar Series competition. The Moscow, Russia native will pilot the No. 7 Honda for the Indianapolis-based team in 2017.
“Thanks to both the SMP Racing program and our American team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, I am to keep fighting for even better results this season in IndyCar,” Aleshin said. “With the Russian flag on my car, and with James (Hinchcliffe) and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew, I will push hard to bring more poles and hopefully victories in 2017.”
Aleshin has captured two podium finishes and one pole position in 35 starts with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The 29-year-old also holds a Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2010) and Formula Renault 2.0 Italy Winter Series (2004) championship titles to his name. The Russian’s best IndyCar finish is a second-place finish at the Grand Prix of Houston (Race 2, 2014) as well as Pocono Raceway (2016).
“We are thrilled to have Mikhail back for 2017,” Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner Sam Schmidt stated. “We know he is capable of winning races and competing for the Championship. This also means we have maintained continuity across drivers, engineering and team member staffing which is critical for success.”
“It goes without saying that we are all so happy to have Mikhail back with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 2017 season,” agreed team co-owner Ric Peterson. “I have no doubt in my mind that he will find much success this year, and I can’t wait to watch this team continue seeing their hard work translating into great results.”
The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports two-car team of Aleshin and teammate James Hinchcliffe will next be seen at Sonoma Raceway on February 7 for a private test. Later that week the duo will again be on track at Phoenix International Raceway for the first official series test of the 2017 season. For the latest news, please follow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on social media at @SPMindycar. As Mikhail is a member of the SMP Racing program that develops motorsport in Russia, you may find interesting content at @smp_racing.
About SMP Racing
The goal of SMP Racing is to develop and promote Russian motorsport. Since the program launched in 2013, dozens of young and talented Russian racing drivers have achieved great success in both Russia and across the world. The SMP Racing program covers all stages of the racer’s career progress from karting to top racing series. Nowadays there are more than 50 Russian racing drivers representing SMP Racing in IndyCar, FIA WEC, ELMS, GP2 and GP3 Series, Formula Renault, Euroformula Open, Formula V8 3.5, Blancpain GT, Ferrari Challenge, GT3 Le Mans Cup, World Karting Championships and more.
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. For more information, please visit spmindycar.com.
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