NEWTON, IA – For a driver who’s never raced on ovals before he came to America, Mikhail Aleshin is making a good impression on everyone. The Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports driver came home an impressive fifth place in Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300, as it was just his second top five of the season and third of his Verizon IndyCar Series career today.
Aleshin, finished second in his rookie season in 2014 at Houston, then came home fifth in the season opener at St. Pete back in March. To have one of his best finishes of his young IndyCar career at a track like the Iowa Speedway is saying how far he’s come along already.
Iowa isn’t easy, as it’s an extremely fast yet physical bullring, separating the men from the boys. Drivers say it’s one of the most physically demanding tracks on the schedule.
But here’s Aleshin coming away with a top five as he was one of only five cars to even finish on the lead lap at the end of 300 Laps of racing on Sunday.
This should give him some major confidence moving forward as he has struggled for most of the year.
Aleshin, had just two finishes of 15th or better since his fifth place run at St. Pete back in March, and now here he is with another top five, this time at Iowa.
I’d expect this to carry over to a strong run next weekend in Toronto as he came home 11th in his lone start on the Canada street course two years ago.