Schmidt Peterson Motorsports could look a little different for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. James Hinchcliffe, who drives the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda for the team is a free agent at the end of the season however, Paddock Eye understands that despite interest from other teams, both the Mayor of HinchTown and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports want to continue the relationship.
The Toronto native also has a very close relationship with Honda Canada. What is unclear is what is going to happen with the second seat at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with lots of speculation surrounding the future of Mikhail Aleshin.
The Russian has sat out a few sessions and a race weekend in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda.
Former IndyCar driver turned NBCSN pundit Townsend Bell believes that Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan would be a great fit for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Brazilian recently confirmed that he will remain in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 but it is unclear whether that will be with his current team Chip Ganassi Racing.
There has been speculation that Ganassi will reduce the size of his team to three cars next season however this has yet to be confirmed. It is likely that Kanaan will remain with Ganassi alongside Scott Dixon.
Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato and Alexander Rossi who have close ties with Honda could also be in the running for a potential seat at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports particularly if as expected Michael Andretti’s squad make the switch from Honda to Chevrolet power.