Mikhail Aleshin
Mikhail  Aleshin
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Mikhail Aleshin
rank
14
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
May 22, 1987
7 Honda Russia
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Hometown
Moscow
Residence
Indianapolis

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

“I want to keep fighting for even better results this season. With the Russian flag on my car, and working with James (Hinchcliffe) and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew, I will push hard to bring more poles and hopefully victories in 2017.”

ON TRACK

  • First driver from Russia to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
  • Competing in his third full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
  • Has competed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, World Series Formula V8 3.5, GP2 and 24 hours of Le Mans.
  • Was 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 champion, topping drivers including current Formula 1 drivers Daniel Ricciardo.

OFF TRACK

  • Is a guitarist in a Russian rock band and likes to live life at full throttle
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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 1 3 4 120 13
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 0 0 1 7 4 12
Total 36 0 1 4 12 124 27

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Logo

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt made 27 career starts in the IndyCar Series as a driver, earning one victory and pole position, both achievements in his hometown of Las Vegas in September 1999 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while driving for Treadway Racing.

In January 2000, Schmidt became a quadriplegic due to injuries suffered in a testing crash at Orlando, Fla. Schmidt puts his master's degree in international finance from Pepperdine University to work managing the marketing efforts for the IndyCar team he formed in 2001 and the strategic direction of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.

In late 2012, Schmidt and Ric Peterson, founder and COO of Oculus Transport Ltd., announced the formation of a partnership as owners of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

Team Website spmindycar.com/
First Start
March 30, 2014 (St. Petersburg)
First Pole
August 20, 2016 (Pocono)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2016
    • Finished 15th in Verizon IndyCar Series for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with best finish of second at Pocono.
    • Had four top-10 finishes, including top-five finishes at St. Petersburg and Iowa.
    • Scored first career pole at Pocono and led a race-high 87 laps.
  • 2015
    • Finished 10th in only Verizon IndyCar Series start at season finale at Sonoma for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
  • 2014
    • Finished 16th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with best finish of second at Houston-2.
    • Became first Russian driver to start in series when he made his series debut at St. Petersburg
    • Had seven top-10 finishes in 17 starts.
    • Led his first lap at Indianapolis 500, where he finished 21st after qualifying 15th.

Mikhail's Road to Indy

  • 2015
    • Finished fifth in the LMP2 Class in the European Le Mans Series for SMP Racing with three podium finishes.
    • Competed in LMP2 Class for FIA World Endurance Championship events at Le Mans and Bahrain.
  • 2013
    • Finished second in Blancpain Endurance Series - GT3 Pro-Am Cup race at Spa-Francorchamps.
    • Made three Blancpain Endurance Series starts driving a Ferrari 458 Italia in the GT3 Pro Cup for SMP Racing with best finish of seventh at Paul Ricard.
    • Finished 12th in Formula Renault 3.5 for Tech 1 Racing with best finish of fifth at Moscow and Hungaroring.
  • 2012
    • Finished 12th in Formula Renault 3.5 for Team RFR with best finish of second at Catalunya after starting from pole position.
  • 2011
    • Made four GP2 starts for Carlin with best finish of 15th at Hungaroring.
    • Made two starts in Formula Renault 3.5.
    • Competed in Superleague Formula races at Zolder for Team Russia, finishing third in Race 2.
    • Made eight starts in ATS Formel 3 Cup with best finish of sixth at Hockenheim.
    • Won seven of eight starts in ATS Formel 3 Trophy to finish third in the championship despite missing 10 events.
    • Competed in GP2 Asia for Carlin Motorsport.
  • 2010
    • Won Formula Renault 3.5 championship with wins at Motorland Aragon, Spa-Francorchamps and Magny Cours.
    • Won the pole position for first race of Spa doubleheader.
    • Claimed eight podium finishes and two fastest laps.
    • Made two starts in GP3 at Instanbul and ATS Formel 3 Cup. Won both starts in ATS Formel 3 Trophy at Oschersleben.
    • Served as test and reserve driver for Renault Formula One.
  • 2009
    • Finished third in FIA Formula Two with one win (from pole at Oschersleben) and five podiums.
  • 2008
    • Finished fifth in Formula Renault 3.5 for Carlin Motorsport with a best finish of second at Catalunya.
  • 2007
    • Finished 13th in Formula Renault 3.5 for Carlin with win from pole position in season opener at Monza.
    • Finished sixth in GP2 debut at Catalunya.
  • 2006
    • Finished 12th in Formula Renault 3.5 for Carlin Motorsport with a best finish of second at Istanbul (Turkey).
    • Won pole for Nürburgring and finished third.
  • 2005
    • Finished second in Formula Renault 2.0 Germany for Lukoil Racing Team with a win, pole and seven podium finishes.
    • Scored win from pole for season opener at Oschersleben and set fastest lap.
    • Finished 30th in Formula Renault 2.0 EuroCup events for Lukoil Racing Team with best finish of ninth at Donington Park (England).
    • Competed in the Estoril round of the A1GP for A1GP Team Russia.
  • 2004
    • Finished fifth in Formula Renault 2.0 Germany for Lukoil Racing Team with best finish of second at the Nürburgring.
    • Won poles at Oschersleben and the Sachsenring.
    • Finished 12th in Formula Renault 2.0 EuroCup events for Lukoil Racing Team with best finish of sixth at Donington Park (England).
    • Won Formula Renault 2.0 Italy Winter Series.
  • 2003
    • Competed in eight Formula Renault 2.0 EuroCup events for JD Motorsport.
    • Finished 12th in Formula Renault 2.0 Germany for JD Motorsport with best finish of seventh at Oschersleben.
  • 2002
    • Finished fourth in Russian F3 for Lukoil Racing.
  • Early Career
    • Competed in go-karting in Europe, winning the Russian Junior ICA title in 2000 and the Winner of the Viking Trophy in the ICA class 2002.