By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to IndyCar, Mikhail Aleshin is no longer a part of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. He will not be the driver of the No. 7 Lucas Oil Honda for the rest of the season.
Instead of working in IndyCar, he’ll work with SMP Racing, his sponsor, in sports-car racing.
“Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and SMP Racing have mutually agreed that the Russian driver will focus on the design and development of the new BR1 LMP1 car,” the statement said. “Aleshin is the key SMP Racing driver working on the new LMP1 prototype BR1, which shall be ready for its first test session in the near future. Designed by Russian company BR Engineering, in cooperation with Dallara, the BR1 of SMP Racing team will debut in FIA World Endurance Championship in 2018.”
The 30-year-old driver has appeared in 46 Verizon IndyCar Seres races in his career, dating back to 2014. His best career finish was second twice — in Houston 2 in 2014 and Pocono in 2016.
This season, he’s 16th in the points standings. He had a career-best sixth-place finish at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix in June.
The team has not announced a replacement driver at this time.
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