Sport Aleshin and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports split

11:45  13 august  2017
11:45  13 august  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports , also doing business as Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports , is an auto racing team in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The team, formerly Sam Schmidt Motorsports , is owned by quadriplegic former driver Sam Schmidt .

Aleshin drove full seasons for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2014 and 2016, as well as the 2015 season finale. For the second year in a row, he will team with James Hinchcliffe, who is driving the No. 5 Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports .

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Mikhail Aleshin and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have . Aleshin will not finish the 2017 IndyCar Series season with SPM, choosing to focus on Le Mans and LMP1. After encountering visa issues following his participation in the Le Mans 24 Hours race and missing the Honda Indy Toronto round; Aleshin returned for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

In a statement, SPM did not disclose the reason for the split; only saying that it was ‘mutual’ and highlighting Aleshin’s Le Mans plans.

Aleshin spent his entire IndyCar Series career with SPM, starting in 2014. Earning a podium at the 2014 Grand Prix of Houston Race 2, before a last-race crash in practice at Fontana in August of that year. The resulting crash caused Aleshin multiple injuries and caused the Russian to sit out most of the 2015 season, returning for the last race of 2015 at Sonoma. In 2016, Aleshin returned to the team full-time, earning another podium finish, this time at Pocono Raceway.

When Aleshin missed Toronto, SPM drafted in Sebastián Saavedra to replace him. Team officials were confident of Aleshin’s return at Mid-Ohio, and the rest of the season.

SPM have not announced a replacement driver. However, an announcement is expected shortly with the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono in a week’s time. Saavedra and Oriol Servia are the leading candidates to replace the ousted Russian.

IndyCar Notebook: Driver Changes .
When Mikhail Aleshin and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced a mutual separation with four races to go, it left SPM with a serious driver gap to fill. SPM have had several candidates to choose from and it seems they are taking to a rotation setup. Dale Coyne Racing meanwhile have been unstable since Sebastien Bourdais’ Indianapolis 500 crash. But all that could change in matter of weeks. In the Notebook, we’ll look at the unintentional silly season caused by Aleshin’s departure. And how soon the #18 car of Bourdais could be under his control again. Let’s go! SPM chooses temp driver after Aleshin exit There are four races left in the IndyCar season: Pocono, Gateway (Madison, IL), Watkins Glen, and Sonoma. It is evenly split, two ovals and two road courses. That provides SPM with some flexibility if they want to try out new drivers. Motorsport.com are reporting that Sebastian Saavedra, the man who took over the driving duties in Toronto for recently ousted Aleshin has been given the reins for Pocono and Gateway. The final two ovals of the season. The decision to give Saavedra only two races means SPM are still looking for a long-term driver, and could potentially use the last races as test races. The team could decide to let Saavedra finish out or let other candidates, Oriol Servia and Robert Wickens have a shot. However the team are keeping quiet on their driver selections for Watkins Glen and Sonoma.

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