The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Verizon IndyCar Series team confirmed on Wednesday that Russian Mikhail Aleshin will continue with the outfit in 2017 alongside James Hinchcliffe who drives the No.5 Arrow Honda.
Aleshin will continue with SMP Racing for this year and speaking about the new deal he commented by saying:
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. “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.
Team co-owner Sam Schmidt commented by saying:
We are thrilled to have Mikhail back for 2017. “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.
Team co-owner Ric Peterson commented by saying:
It goes without saying that we are all so happy to have Mikhail back with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 2017 season. “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.
Aleshin goes into 2017 following a great 2016 which saw the Russian secure the Verizon P1 Award for the 2016 race at Pocono Raceway and finished second in the race.
Aleshin and team mate James Hinchcliffe will be on track at Sonoma Raceway of February 7, while they will be back on track at Phoenix International Raceway for the first official pre-season test later that week.