Will ABC Supply 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) Produce a 1st Ever Winner, Or 1st Time Winner This Season?

Long Pond, PA – With the Verizon IndyCar Series championship now in full force, forgive me for saying that the odds are that someone that has already won this season will end up in victory lane for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). After all, the points are so tight that any one of the top seven in the standings, all winners this year, could easily wind up in victory lane at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday afternoon. But, I could also make a strong case that we…

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Mikhail Aleshin Not Returning to SPM No. 7 Honda For Rest of The 2017 Season

The move isn’t as surprising as the career stats for Mikhail Aleshin, but it appears his brief Verizon IndyCar Series career is now over. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Saturday afternoon that the Russian won’t return for the remainder of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. “Mikhail Aleshin, the Russian SMP Racing program driver, will not be returning to the No. 7 Honda for the remainder of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season,” a statement from the team read. “Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and SMP Racing have mutually agreed that the…

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Saavedra Will Race For Mikhail Aleshin This Weekend at Toronto

INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s a story from an odd but true circumstance, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Thursday that Sebastien Saavedra will race for Mikhail Aleshin this weekend on the streets of Toronto. No, Aleshin isn’t stuck in customs overseas like that happened to him prior to Road America, this time it’s puzzling. SPM said that Saavedra is bringing funding and that Aleshin will actually be on site too watching this. “We welcome the opportunity to compete with Ric (Peterson) and Sam (Schmidt) at a venue where Seb (Saavedra) and I have…

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Duo Looking For 2nd Straight Dual Top 10’s at Iowa

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is hoping some recent success on the season, as well as past success at the Iowa Speedway, lands them dual top 10 finishes for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 (5 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). James Hinchcliffe is a previous winner there, having won at Iowa in 2013 with Andretti Autosport and finished ninth there in his No. 5 Honda a year ago. Mix that with some confidence heading into this weekend from a successful test there a few weeks ago, and the popular Canadian driver is feeling like…

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Immigration Issues Originally Kept Aleshin From Road America, He Tweets He’s Cleared and On His Way

Elkhart Lake, WI – In a weird circumstance, Mikhail Aleshin originally wasn’t supposed to be competing in this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Road America. As of yesterday, Aleshin was still overseas due to a weird immigration issue after racing in Le Mans last weekend. As of Thursday, Aleshin, a Russian, was still in France awaiting immigration to clear him. That prompted a statement from his team Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports as a result, as they had to go in a different direction for at least this weekend. “Since competing in the…

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Lap 151 Melee Takes Out Several Cars in Rainguard 600

Fort Worth, TX – For much of Saturday night’s Rainguard 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway, it was a thrilling lap-by-lap, side-by-side battle. Unfortunately, there were some crashes too. None bigger than the lap 151 melee that took out eight cars. It all started entering Turn 3 when Mikhail Aleshin made it three-wide between himself his teammate James Hinchcliffe and Tony Kanaan. Contact between Hinch and Kanaan sent Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda spinning in front of the field making contact with Ed Jones as a result. He’d take a hard angle…

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Takuma Sato Wins the Pole in Record Fashion for Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race No. 2

Belle Isle, MI – For the second straight day, the track record on the streets of Belle Isle was broken. Yesterday, it was Graham Rahal breaking the record, today it was Takuma Sato. The Indy 500 champion turned a lap of 1:13.6732-seconds in his No. 26 Honda on his final lap of the qualifying session around the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit, earning his sixth career Verizon IndyCar Series pole as a result. The last time Sato was on the pole was three years ago in this very spot, as he…

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James Hinchcliffe Spins on 1st Lap, Ends Up on Podium, Aleshin Finishes 6th

Belle Isle, MI – At the start of Saturday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, it looked like it would be a long day for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports. James Hinchcliffe spun in Turn 2 on the opening lap of the 2.35-mile street circuit, and he was now forced to go off strategy. Little did he know then, it would work. Hinchcliffe, ran a few laps to catch the back of the field, and that was enough to honor his first commitment on the Firestone Alternate tires. He’d pit for the primaries, as did his…

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Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports Pole Contenders for the Indy 500 Again This Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – Last year, Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports saw James Hinchcliffe win the pole in dramatic fashion for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. It was a phenomenal story, but, if you dig deeper into it, it was an overall great qualifying weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year overall for the entire SPM organization. Hinchcliffe’s teammates at Indy in 2016 of Mikhail Aleshin and Oriol Servia also joined him in the top 10 of last year’s starting lineup. Now, the last two days have shown that SPM will once again…

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Bad Start, 1st Lap Wreck Causes Mayhem in Saturday Night’s IndyCar Race at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – The start of Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix was about as bad of a start as it could have been. It all started when the leaders for some reason decided to start going in Turn 3 which caused the back few rows to start single file. To me, the start should have been waved off from the get go. But, carnage occurred shortly after. 

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