Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have announced that they have parted ways with Mikhail Aleshin with his replacement being Sebastian Saavedra.
Aleshin has raced for SPM since 2014 with 38 starts missing the 2015 season due to injury. His best finish for the team is a duo of second places at Houston race 2 in 2014 and Pocono in 2016.
Replacing the Russian is 27 year old Sebastian Saavedra with the help of AFS Racing. Saavedra has made 62 starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series starts with a collection of teams most recently being the new Juncos Racing team in the Indianapolis 500.
The last time Saavedra raced at Toronto was in 2015 with Chip Ganassi Racing in a seat which he split with Sage Karam. Saavedra will also be returning to the track he has won at in the Indy Lights series with Andretti Autosport back in 2009.
The reasoning for Aleshins exit is unknown but multiple reasons could be a cause for it. The biggest backer of his career Russian company SPM Racing has decreased funding in the recent years. Others are visa issues Aleshin has suffered in the past along with crashing out at Iowa this past week.
Though he is not racing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has said that Aleshin will be at Toronto this weekend to support the team. Aleshin is currently 16th in points of 19 full-time drivers currently running at the time of replacement.
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