Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Mikhail Aleshin 'mutually agree' to part ways
Mikhail Aleshin will not compete for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the remainder of the 2017 IndyCar season after mutually agreeing to split.
Russian driver Aleshin has made 46 IndyCar starts so far, all with SPM, after making his debut in 2014 and has scored two podiums so far.
Aleshin secured his best championship finish last season with 15th place, and is currently 16th in this year’s standings.
He missed practice at Road America due to visa issues and did not take part in the Toronto round, being replaced by Sebastian Saavedra.
Aleshin returned to SPM for the Mid-Ohio round, but it has now been announced that he has parted ways with the team.
A statement from SPM said: "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.
“Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and SMP Racing have mutually agreed that the Russian driver will focus on the design and development of the new BR1 LMP1 car.”
The IndyCar team has yet to announce a replacement for Aleshin, with four race weekends remaining on the 2017 calendar.