Schmidt Peterson Motorsports released the following statement on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today that 27-year-old Colombian Sebastian Saavedra will pilot the No. 7 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda. This will see “Seb” partner with his former race engineer Blair Perschbacher; the duo won multiple races together during their time in the Indy Lights Championship including one pole position and one win at the Toronto Grand Prix. The Entry will carry branding from AFS Racing and longtime supporter Gary Peterson who has competed against SPM for years. “We welcome the opportunity to compete with Ric and Sam at a venue where Seb and I have had great success in the past,” said Gary Peterson. Mikhail Aleshin will be on-site for this weekend’s event supporting the SPM team, however neither the team nor Aleshin will be providing any further comments at this time.
Saavedra will partner James Hinchcliffe who drives the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda who is aiming for another strong performance at home following his podium here last year. Saavedra will be behind the wheel of the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda for the first time on Friday morning for the opening practice.