Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have confirmed that Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin will drive the No.7 SPM Verizon IndyCar Series entry in 2016.

Aleshin, the first Russian to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series drove for the team at the season finale at Sonoma Raceway where he qualified in 14th place and finished the race in 10th. Speaking about his appointment, Aleshin commented by saying:

I’m very happy about the agreement between Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and the SMP Racing Russian driver development program. I had an unbelievable experience with IndyCar in 2014 and I can’t wait to be back in this great series. I’m very motivated and one hundred percent ready to win.

Sam Schmidt, team owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports commented on the announcement saying:

Ric and I are very pleased to have Mikhail back for a second season with SPM. He was extremely fast in 2014 and we think, given that year of experience and last year competing in ELMS, he will be able to contribute significantly to the program in 2016.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports General Manager Piers Philips commented by saying:

Having someone of Mikhail’s ability and experience returning to the team for 2016 is a huge plus for us here at SPM. He has undoubted speed, and it is now our job to turn that speed into regular top-five results and a strong championship finish. Mikhail is someone who I have followed throughout his career in Europe. We are delighted to have him back in the SPM family and looking forward to a great 2016.

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