Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin who started the Honda Indy 200 from 10th place just behind his team mate James Hinchcliffe.

Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda had a brilliant race where he fought his way through the field and led the event from lap 26 to lap 40 before his second stop but by the 44th lap of 90 the Russian was back in the lead of the race.

During his final stop, Aleshin made contact with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden going down pit-road and as a result of that the Russian was penalized for with a drive through penalty. Aleshin has now shown that he is capable of leading a race and his team mate James Hinchcliffe said after the race he was disappointed for Aleshin but he knows that the Russian will win a race soon.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner Sam Schmidt said on Sunday that Aleshin’s performance in the race justified the teams decision to sign him for this season and he is hopefully that he will be with the team again in 2017.

Aleshin heads to the next race at Pocono Raceway having finished the race at Mid-Ohio in 17th place.

The Russian is in 16th place in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings on 243 points.

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