Aleshin to return for Sonoma finale

Mikhail Aleshin will return to the Verizon IndyCar Series for the season ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

He will test for the team next week alongside Indy Lights standout Jack Harvey .

Aleshin’s prior run for SPM was highlighted by a podium in Houston, but was cut one race short following a crash during practice for the season ending MavTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. A 2015 return was ruled out due to United States sanctions against his sponsor, SMP Bank which resulted in the team not receiving the required money.

He returned to Europe to race for SMP Racing in the European Le Mans Series’ LMP2 category and raced for the team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“I’m very happy to come back to IndyCar,” said Aleshin. “It’s a great competition, and means a lot to come back to my American family and to race in front of the great fans. I want to say thank you to SMP Racing, Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson for giving me this opportunity.

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to IndyCar.com along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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