The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports IndyCar team have confirmed that former Bryan Herta Autosport driver and 2015 Rookie Of The Year Gabby Chaves will drive for them during the full pre-season test at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday and Saturday.
Mikhail Aleshin who is one of SPM’s full time Verizon IndyCar Series drivers for 2016 was unable to obtain the required visa documents to allow him to travel to the US from his native Russia.
In a statement, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports General Manager Piers Philips commented by saying:
While we wish Mikhail was able to participate in this test with us, we’re confident that he’ll get up to speed quickly when he returns, Gabby had a solid rookie season and we appreciate his willingness to step up quickly for this important test. We have high expectations for SPM’s 2016 season and our goal is to use these test days at PIR to set us up for success.