Aleshin makes IndyCar return

Aleshin makes IndyCar return

The 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Mikhail Aleshin will return to IndyCar for Sonoma’s season finale with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Thursday, August 06, 2015 (5:45 am)
The Russian will take part in next week’s test at the circuit, during which Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr will run with Penske, before making his first IndyCar start of the season.

Aleshin raced in the series with the Honda-powered squad in 2014, taking a podium in Houston, but his campaign ended when he was injured in a crash during Fontana’s season finale.

He subsequently switched to the European Le Mans Series with SMP Racing, the LMP2 squad also contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours, but is eyeing a 2016 return to IndyCar.

“I’m incredibly happy to be back in this interesting racing series with this team, which has achieved considerable success,” Aleshin said.

“This year, the priority for me is the performance in the ELMS.

“As for next season, now we are working hard to continue racing in IndyCar, and I hope this race will be a significant step towards this goal.”

Aleshin is set to drive a third SPM entry alongside regulars James Jakes and Ryan Briscoe – the latter a long-term stand-in for the injured James Hinchcliffe.

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