Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have issued the following statement from today’s open Verizon IndyCar Series test at Texas Motor Speedway:
Earlier today, INDYCAR confirmed that several Honda-powered entries would not participate in today’s Verizon IndyCar Series test at Texas Motor Speedway as a precaution centered on those engines having higher mileage. Among those entries was the No. 7 of driver Mikhail Aleshin.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Honda and INDYCAR came to a decision to allow the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda to use a manufacturer spec engine for today’s test. Aleshin and teammate James Hinchcliffe were to share time in the car.
Due to an official complaint by Chevrolet naming Rule 16.5.3 that no manufacturer spec engine may be allowed to run during an official series open test, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports were granted an install lap with Aleshin and were asked to park the No. 5 car for the remainder of the day.
INDYCAR rules allow for the use of spec engines only for safety, engine or tire tests. Today’s session is considered an open test. Hinchcliffe will test with the spec engine Thursday as planned.