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Chaves is Russian's sub at test

Gabby Chaves received an unexpected call-up to this weekend's IndyCar test when Mikhail Aleshin was unavoidably detained in his homeland.

Gabby Chaves is filling in for Mikhail Aleshin at this weekend's promoter test at Phoenix International Raceway.

The 2015 Sunoco rookie of the year took the wheel of the #7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports SMP Racing Honda as Aleshin, the team's contracted driver wrangled last-minute work visa issues in his native Russia. Chaves finished 15th in the point standings last year with Bryan Herta Autosport, completing the second-most laps of any driver, but is familiar with the Schmidt Peterson set-up, having been part of its Indy Lights programme in 2013.

"I'm happy and pleased to be able to help out [co-owner] Sam [Schmidt], Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and the HPD Honda family," said Chaves, who was also named the Indianapolis 500's top rookie in 2015. "I'll do my best out there and see how I can contribute to the team. It's a difficult situation for the team and Mikhail, but I'm always ready to go when needed. I'm happy to help a team that I've worked with before."



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