Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin driver of the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda looks set to return to the cockpit for the next round of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course in less than two weeks time.

The Russian was with the team last weekend in Toronto but sat out the on track activity with Colombian Sebastian Saavedra filling in alongside James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda. Saavedra started the race from the back of the grid in 20th place and came through the field to finish the race in 11th place.

The team didn’t give a reason as to why Aleshin wasn’t in the car last weekend and he wasn’t made available for media interviews over the course of the weekend.

It is the second race weekend in recent weeks that Aleshin has sat out sessions after Robert Wickens drove the No.7 car last month during the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America but Aleshin was back in the car for the race.

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