Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin is returning to IndyCar
Mikhail Aleshin, who was the first Russian driver ever to compete in IndyCar Series, is retrning to American single-seater series. He competed in IndyCar during 2014 and at 2015 season finale. Now 28-years-old Aleshin re-signed with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the team for which he raced in 17 events in 2014.
His best results in IndyCar was 2nd place at Grand Prix of Houston and he scored six more Top 10 finishes. At the end of 2014 season he was 16th in the driver’s standings. In 2015 he competed in World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Serie. His only championship title earlier in the career was first place in the 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
“I’m very happy about the agreement between Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and the SMP Racing Russian driver development program. I had an unbelievable experience with IndyCar in 2014 and I can’t wait to be back in this great series. I’m very motivated and 100 percent ready to win,” said Aleshin, who will drive the #7 Honda.
“He was extremely fast in 2014 and we think, given that year of experience and last year competing in ELMS, he will be able to contribute significantly to the program in 2016,” said team co-owner Sam Schmidt.