Verizon IndyCar Series - Mikhail Aleshin

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Mikhail Aleshin
Driver Info
Mikhail Aleshin
  • Birthday: May 22, 1987
  • Hometown: Moscow
  • Residence: Indianapolis
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  • Team Website:spmindycar.com
All-Time Career Statistics - Verizon IndyCar Series
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  • Indy 500 Wins
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Biography of Mikhail Aleshin
Mikhail Aleshin is the first driver from Russia to race in the IndyCar Series.

The native of Moscow has spent the formative years in his racing career in Europe racing and winning on some of the most storied tracks in racing, including Monza in Italy, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.

Now the former Formula Renault 3.5 champion turns his attention to North America, where he has linked up with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and will attempt to become the team’s third consecutive series Rookie of the Year.

Away from the track, Aleshin is a guitarist in a Russian rock band and “lives life at full throttle.”

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

First start: March 30, 2014 (St. Petersburg)

ROAD TO THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

2013
• Finished 12th in Formula Renault 3.5 for Tech 1 Racing with best finish of fifth at Moscow and Hungaroring.
• 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 second in Blancpain Endurance Series - GT3 Pro-Am Cup race at Spa-Francorchamps.

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.
• Had 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
• Finished 12th in Formula Renault 2.0 Germany for JD Motorsport with best finish of seventh at Oschersleben.
• Competed in eight Formula Renault 2.0 EuroCup events for JD Motorsport.

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.

 

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 0 0 1 5 4 9
Total 14 0 0 1 5 4 9
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Sam Schmidt Motorsports, which was formed by Sam Schmidt in 2001, is the winningest team in Firestone Indy Lights  history, recording 26 race victories and three driver championships.

The team earned its first Firestone Indy Lights championship in 2004. In a 12-race season, the team won six races with Thiago Medeiros and captured nine pole positions, eight by Medeiros and one by Travis Gregg.

Jay Howard captured the driver's championship in 2006 on the strength of two race victories and two pole positions, while the team finished second in the entrant championship.

In 2007, Alex Lloyd won the championship with eight victories in 16 races, including a record five consecutive victories to start the season.

Team 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, who endures more than 35 hours of physical therapy per week, puts his master's degree in international finance from Pepperdine University to work managing the marketing efforts for his team and the strategic direction of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.

The foundation's mission is to help individuals overcome spinal-cord injuries and other related debilitating illnesses by facilitating scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances. The foundation raises funds through the power of motorsports to improve quality of life and assure the best possible outcomes by touching individual lives. Every dollar raised in the foundation name goes to support the foundation and its missions.

Schmidt resides in Henderson, Nev., with his wife, Sheila, and their children, Savannah and Spencer.

In late-2012, Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oculus Transport Ltd., announced the formation of a new partnership between the two as owners of SSM’s Firestone Indy Lights and IZOD IndyCar Series race teams.