Saavedra Back In No. 7 Honda With SPM For Remaining IndyCar Ovals (Pocono/Gateway)

It should come to no surprise at all, but Sebastian Saavedra will return to the seat of the No. 7 Honda with Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports this weekend at the Pocono Raceway. Last week, Mikhail Aleshin and SPM mutually agreed to part ways, leaving the seat for this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) open. Saavedra, replaced Aleshin at Toronto last month where he finished 11th.

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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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James Hinchcliffe’s Turn For Hometown Victory at Toronto?

INDIANAPOLIS – James Hinchcliffe told me before this year’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach that a win on the California street course would rank up there as one of the best wins of his career. His wish list would be Indy, Long Beach and his hometown track at Toronto, in no particular order. Well, he won at Long Beach just a few days later, and now he heads to his home track in search of his second Verizon IndyCar Series victory of the season. 

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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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James Hinchcliffe With Strong Weekend at Road America

Plymouth, WI – There wasn’t a more vocal advocate for the Verizon IndyCar Series returning to Road America than James Hinchcliffe. The popular Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports driver was a proud driver when the series finally announced in 2015 that they’d be returning to the 4.014-mile Elkhart Lake circuit for the 2016 season. His love for the track is genuine. Plus, it was the place where he first got back behind the wheel of his No. 5 Honda after a scary practice crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that nearly killed him. 

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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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