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Aleshin returns to IndyCar with Schmidt Peterson in 2016

Mikhail Aleshin is set return to IndyCar Series with former team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 2016 season.
The 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Mikhail Aleshin is set return to IndyCar with former team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 2016 season.

The Russian driver announced the news via his Twitter account and he is preparing for a full-time return to the IndyCar series next year after making an initial comeback with the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) in the 2015 season finale the Grand Prix of Sonoma, where he claimed an emotional 10th place finish.

The 27-year-old missed the start of the 2015 season after suffering a horror crash during practice ahead of the final round of the 2014 IndyCar championship when he slid into Charlie Kimball at around 200mph and in the heavy shunt sustained a broken right clavicle, fractured ribs, chest injuries and concussion.

Despite making a sufficient recovery, the economic and political climate in his native Russia prevented Aleshin from making a return to the grid with SPM for 2015 and instead switched to the European Le Mans Series with SMP Racing as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours and selected WEC races.

Aleshin, who made history by becoming the first Russian to compete in the US-based IndyCar Series, made an initial return to IndyCar when he was handed a drive at the 2015 season finale with SPM and now returns to the Honda-powered team on a permanent basis.

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December 10, 2015 4:57 PM

Kid beat Ricciardo and JEV for the FR3.5 title in 2010 and he's got a reputation in Indycar for having balls the size of grapefruits on ovals. He's going to be a star if he can stay in the series long enough to get established.

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