Schmidt Peterson Motorsports head into the 2017 season with an unchanged line-up with James Hinchcliffe remaining in his No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda while Mikhail Aleshin stays in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda which has a new paint scheme for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Speaking ahead of the opening race, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg this weekend, James Hinchcliffe who had an extremely busy off-season commented by saying:

I think I say the same thing every year about St. Pete, in that it feels like the first day of school, but it is so true. It is always great to be back at the track and see everyone again, but more than that, it’s about getting back to competition. I think that’s what everyone misses the most about the offseason. I love the track there, the city, the whole event really. It’s one of the best all year, so it’s awesome to open the season there.

Mikhail Aleshin will be hoping to build on a strong 2016 season with a good start to the 2017 season this weekend. Speaking ahead of the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Mikhail Aleshin commented by saying:

“Very happy to be at St. Pete for the third time to start the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. It’s a nice and typical street course, but with its own unique soul. Last year we finished P5 there, and this time we will definitely work to get a better result.

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